Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon will speak at the Georgia Youth Challenge Academy Graduation ceremony in at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Ga. at 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec.17, 2000.
The Youth Challenge Academy, conducted by the Georgia National Guard, is a 22-week in-residence youth program, located at Forts Stewart and Gordon in Georgia, that assists at-risk teens, ages 16-18, to complete their education and have a second chance at success.
Earlier at 5 p.m., de Leon will receive an executive briefing on the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program at the Symphony Restaurant, also in Macon.
Both events are open to the media.
For more information on these events, please call Lt. Col. Ken Baldowski, (404) 624-6064, or pager (404) 655-2962. For more information on the Youth Challenge Program, visit the National Guard Bureau website http://www.ngycp.org/youth/index.php