National Guard Youth Challenge Program
NGYCP is a youth academy charter school program based in San Luis Obispo, California. It provides at-risk youth with a true “second chance,” motivating them to turn their lives around and become successful and productive members of our society. Mockingbird’s president helped develop and implement a key public education campaign designed to increase the visibility and understanding of this program in California. She cultivated critical corporate, governmental and organizational relationships and helped expand the program’s potential student pool. This campaign supported NGYCP’s ambitious efforts to open a second academy in Los Angeles. Dedication ceremonies for the Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy were held in mid-October 2007 and the first group of students walked through its doors in January 2008 to have a second chance to make the right choice.