AR National Guard program aims to reach at-risk teens

AR National Guard program aims to reach at-risk teens

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - Although the federal government is no longer considering housing migrant children at the former Ouachita Job Corps facility in Royal, Arkansas, it could still be used for another purpose.

NBC-affiliate KARK reports members of Congress hope to expand an Arkansas National Guard youth program by creating the Arkansas National Guard Job Challenge Program.

The program is aimed at-risk youth ages 16-18 that have dropped out of high school or are considering dropping out of high school.

Nellie Vasquez, 18, of Batesville is in the youth challenge program and says it's opened her eyes to the opportunities available to her.

"I got into drugs and stuff and so I just wanted to make myself a better person and have a better future," Vasquez said. "I just feel like if I use it all to my ability I can go far in life."

The current youth challenge class will graduate this summer.

The National Guard hosts two programs each year with the hopes of having 100 graduates from each class.

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