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.
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Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That's a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 33% of high school seniors fail to graduate from high school on time.
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The vision of the Sunburst Youth Academy (SYA) is to be recognized as the leading alternative educational program for High School dropouts. SYA will meet the unique needs of its Cadets and assist them in making a successful transition to adulthood by fostering and perpetuating the Eight Core Components of ChalleNGe. Through mentoring and education, our graduates will be provided the life skills to be successful in their future endeavors.
% National Dropout Rate
% Unemployment rate for High School Dropouts
% Finish school after sunburst
% Of high school dropouts wish they were given a second chance
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Here is just a small number of our Program Supporters
CBS Evening News
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
Congressman Alan Lowenthal
California National Guard
California Conservation Corps
2 Hands 2 Cans
Housing Authority of L A
Long Beach HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
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