Idaho budget writers OK another $2.8M for Youth Challenge Program

JFAC-doorIdaho legislative budget writers have approved $2.8 million in ongoing funding for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a month after it approved some $1.4 million in startup funds.

The program, to be based in Pierce, includes a 22-week residential phase that focuses on education and life skills training for Idaho high school dropouts, followed by a yearlong mentoring phase. The first class is expected to begin in January.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee also unanimously approved the Military Division’s fiscal 2014 budget. The $64.7 million spending plan includes more funding for the program: $2.1 million in federal funds, $746,000 in dedicated funds, and 24 full-time positions. Five full-time positions were previously approved.

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