National Guard Youth Challenge orientations scheduled

Two enrollment orientation sessions for the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program are scheduled Thursday and Friday in Mountain Home. The Youth Challenge Program offers an alternative to completing high school for at-risk youth.

In a visit to Mountain Home earlier this year, Youth Challenge Recruiter Harold Hall said they are mainly looking for students having issues with a traditional high school.



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While the program works in coordination with Juvenile Services, it's not an official part of the court system. Hall says the Youth Challenge is strictly a volunteer program.

Students are being recruited for the January class through the two free enrollment orientation sessions.

The first orientation is set for Thursday evening at 5:00 at the National Guard Armory located at 1640 Fuller Street.

The second orientation is set for Friday morning at 9:00 at Baxter County Juvenile Services located at 312 Bomber Boulevard.

Applicants must be 16-18 years of age, with no felony convictions and be a legal resident of Arkansas.

For more information, contact the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge at 1-800-814-8453 or go online to

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