MINDEN, La. – The Camp Minden Youth Challenge Program (YCP) will graduate more than 173 cadets this week.

YCP is associated with the Louisiana National Guard and designed for young people who have a history of academic or disciplinary problems.

The program is a challenging 22 weeks, but offers mentoring including life skills and physical fitness. YCP boasts a graduation rate of 86 percent and the lowest drop out rate of any similar youth camp in the state of Louisiana.

Students may receive a high school diploma, GED or college credits upon graduation. Graduation will be held at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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