Student Leadership Opportunities
Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. Civil Air Patrol, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, including approximately 200 in West Virginia.
To locate a nearby squadron, visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ and search in the upright corner of the website.
Future Leaders Program
This program is described by the West Virginia National Guard as a four-year leadership-based high school curriculum instilling leadership, promoting citizenship, military science, and teaching life skills. FLP uses a hybrid academic/career technical education (CTE) delivery format. FLP is a completer program and students receive one credit for this elective per school year. Lesson plans fall under one of four broad categories: leadership, citizenship, life skills, and military science. The curriculum allows schools to offer the FLP as a one year or multi-year program and is advertised as a low-cost alternative to JROTC and the National Defense Corps of Cadets programs.
To learn more about the Future Leaders Program, visit the WVNG website Future Leaders Program (ng.mil), or the WV Future Leaders Program | Charleston WV | Facebook, or contact State Director of the Future Leaders Program, Ms. Deborah Patterson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-732-6262, ext. 2014.
The Young Marines at www.youngmarines.com is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
Mountaineer Challenge Academy
This residential program for qualifying students falls under the National Guard’s youth challenge program. The mission of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is described on their website as training and mentoring selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society using the 8 Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one-year Post-Residential follow-up program. High School Diplomas are made available through the program for those who qualify under the Option 1 Pathway.
For information on how to participate, please contact one of the program’s facilities in Kingwood, WV or Montgomery, WV, or contact the State Director of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, Mr. Phillip Cantrell at email@example.com
West Virginia Youth Leaders Camp
The West Virginia National Guard’s Youth Leaders Camp (YLC) is an unparalleled leadership opportunity proven to be physically demanding, mentally challenging and rewarding.
YLC is designed for 15- to 18-year-old students entering their junior or senior year of high school. These students have expressed a desire to be a leader in their school and community. YLC enables youth leaders to build confidence, team building skills, integrity and the ability to motivate and influence others.