Sunburst Youth Academy /  4022 Saratoga Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Sunburst Youth Academy
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Sunburst Youth Academy

Sunburst Youth Academy
4022 Saratoga Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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You deserve a Second Chance to make the right choice. I AM SUNBURST

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Sunburst Coverage wins Emmy — 09/28/2015

From July 2014 to December 2014 the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley followed the Sunburst Youth Academy and released a 6 part Documentary about the cadets and the Academy. Their coverage recently won an Emmy for "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast".

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Sunburst Youth Academy CBS Teaser...

Sunburst Youth Academy CBS Teaser

The mission of the National Guard includes responding to emergencies and saving lives. But it has another mission most folks don't know about -- to turn around the lives of high school dropouts. Michelle Miller takes a look at the Youth Challenge Academies.

Sunburst Youth Academy in 77th Division...

Sunburst Youth Academy in 77th Division

The Sunburst Youth Academy works with the LAPD's 77th division and the Surfrider Foundation to clean up the streets of L.A. and the coastline of Southern California

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast...

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

The CBS Evening news staff wins an Emmy for their coverage on the Sunburst Youth Academy Youth Challenge Program.

Episode 1 - Day one of the Academy...

Episode 1 - Day one of the Academy

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 2 - Cadets get to test their fears and overcome them on the Confidence Course...

Episode 2 - Cadets get to test their fears and overcome them on the Confidence Course

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 3 - The families her to see the changes in your children - Family Day...

Episode 3 - The families her to see the changes in your children - Family Day

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 4 - Parents to get see the progress their cadets made and How it helps...

Episode 4 - Parents to get see the progress their cadets made and How it helps

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 5 - Cadets get their first taste of their old communities while on Home Pass...

Episode 5 - Cadets get their first taste of their old communities while on Home Pass

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 6 - The Cadre explain why they do what they do...

Episode 6 - The Cadre explain why they do what they do

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Episode 7 - Cadets make it to Graduation...

Episode 7 - Cadets make it to Graduation

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

“When they fail, we hurt”...

“When they fail, we hurt”

For six months, CBS News has followed a group of high school dropouts who received a second chance through a boot camp run by the National Guard.

Sunburst Youth Academy Graduation 2010...

Sunburst Youth Academy Graduation 2010

The Sunburst Youth Academy celebrated the commencement of their latest batch of students and Garden Grove TV3 reporter Denise Chuah was at the ceremony.

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Sunburst Youth Academy /  4022 Saratoga Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Sunburst Youth Academy

OUR MISSION:

The mission of the Sunburst Youth Academy National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

THE NEED:

-One-third of all students drop out of school before graduating high school.

-The 1.3 million dropouts in 2010 will cost the nation more than $337 billion in lost wages over the course of their lifetimes.

-The unemployment rate for high school dropouts in July 2011 was 15.3% compared to 9.3% for high school graduates.

-Three-quarters of dropouts say if given a "second chance" they would have stayed in school.


HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS:

-High school dropouts have a life expectancy of 9.2 years less than high school graduates.

-High school dropouts can expect to earn about $10,000 less per year compared to a high school graduate.

-High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested and 8 times more likely to be incarcerated.
More than two-thirds of state prison inmates are high school dropouts.


THE PROGRAM:

-In 1993, as mandated by Congress, the National Guard formed the National Guard ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP).

-NGYCP is a 17 1/2-month voluntary program with a 5 1/2 month residential phase and a 12 month mentoring phase.

-NGYCP is available to 16-18 year old males and females who have dropped out of high school.

There are 34 NGYCP program sites in 27 states and Puerto Rico
NGYCP enhances life skills, education levels, employment potential and prospects for the future by providing the opportunity for participants to obtain their high school diploma, GED or return to high school.


THE RESULTS:

-An independent evaluation by MDRC found the Youth ChalleNGe Program has significant positive impacts on the educational attainment, employability and income earning potential of those who drop out of school.

-Graduates of the Youth ChalleNGe Program say it profoundly affects their attitudes about themselves and their progress to adulthood.

-Approximately 75% of graduates earned their high school diploma, GED, or return to high school; nearly double the pass rate of other adult eduation programs.

-On average, 34% of graduates continue their education, 14% of graduates join the military, and 47% join the workforce.

-As of February 2011, more than 100,000 students have graduated the program.


THE BENEFITS:

According to a cost-benefit analysis by the RAND Corporation, the estimated return on investment in the Youth ChalleNGe Program is 166% - substantially above that for many other social programs that target disadvantaged youth.

The ChalleNGe Program saves an average of $422 million in juvenile correction each year, based on an annual cost of $17,520 per NGYCP enrollee vs. an annual cost of $73,000 per youth in a correction facility.

Program participants have donated over 6.6 million hours of service to the community since 1993.

On average, the incomes of those who participate in the Youth ChalleNGe Program are 20% higher than those who did not.
About the National Guard Youth Foundation

The mission of the National Guard Youth Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is to advocate for and support the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The Foundation provides scholarships, facilitates internship and job opportunities for graduates of the ChalleNGe Program, and fosters program awareness to promote the success of the ChalleNGe Program. The Foundation also works to raise awareness of the growing dropout crisis and its impact on our society, economy and national security. For more information about the National Guard Youth Foundation, please visit http://www.ngyf.org.

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LTC Joel Armstrong

Program Director

MSG Peter Gutierrez

Commandant

WOC Chad Wright

RPM Coordinator
Sep 28, 2015

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Sunburst Coverage wins Emmy
Sunburst Coverage wins Emmy

From July 2014 to December 2014 the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley followed the Sunburst Youth Academy and released a 6 part Documentary about the cadets and the Academy. Their coverage recently won an Emmy for "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast".

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Jul 11, 2014

appearance

The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

In an ongoing series, "The CBS Evening News" looks at the Youth ChalleNGe Academy program and the cadets trying to turn their lives around. CBS News will follow their progress, giving frequent updates through December. The first segment: National Guard program puts dropouts on a new track.

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Jul 07, 2011

affiliation

Boys and Girls Club Corporate Partner
Boys and Girls Club Corporate Partner

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Sep 01, 2009

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Awaken Arts Corporate Partner
Awaken Arts Corporate Partner

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Oct 01, 2008

milestone

Rep.Grace Napolitano Supporter
Rep.Grace Napolitano Supporter

SGT Sonza

Community Outreach Director

SGT Cotton

Public Relations
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