Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Lack of funds put Pierce youth challenge on hold
The National Guard sponsored Youth Challenge program at Pierce has been put on hold due to lack of funding.
The school was intended to go into the vacated
which is owned by the Pierce Elementary School School District.
The program would have employed about 50 persons and could serve 100 youth at a time in two 22-courses per year.
A public affairs officer for the National Guard reports the program will not be opening anytime soon but remains a priority for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the Guard.
The program is funded three-quarters by the federal government and one-fourth by the state. The program is designed for at-risk youth between 16 and 18 to help them get back on track with their education.
In the case of
the Guard had been given the authorization to start the school but no funding according to a Guard public affairs officer. Idaho
The initial cost would be $4 million with $1 million from state sources.
Gov. Otter tried to seek private donations after the
legislature indicated last year it would not put money toward the program. But so far that has not worked out according to the Guard spokesperson. Idaho
The program would have employed about 50 persons and could serve 100 youths at a time in two 22-courses per year.