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Rep. Napolitano Receives Recognition from National Guard Youth Foundation

March 10, 2011
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- On Tuesday, March 1, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano was honored by the National Guard Youth Foundation for her strong support and advocacy for the Youth ChalleNGe Program in her area and in the halls of Congress.

“To date, Youth ChalleNGe has graduated 104,000 cadets,” Napolitano said. “These are students who might otherwise have dropped out of school but instead were supported as they charted a newer, brighter path through life. It has been an honor to assist this program and its exemplary efforts to help our young people, our future leaders.”

Youth ChalleNGe is a program run by the National Guard that uses military discipline and mentoring to help at-risk youth complete high school and emerge better able to succeed in the wider world.

“For years, your efforts on behalf of the Youth ChalleNGe Program have sent a strong message to other Members of Congress, the Department of Defense, and state officials,” said Lieutenant General John Conaway, Chairman of the National Guard Youth Foundation. “For this reason, we would like to present you with our ChalleNGe Champions award.”

The day after the ceremony, cadets from Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy in Los Alamitos visited Napolitano’s office in Washington, D.C. to express their thanks. Napolitano has been a long-time supporter of Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, which has helped hundreds of at-risk students rebound with its free and voluntary academic program.