ALAMOGORDO, N.M.—The U.S. Border Patrol El Paso sector hosted a graduation ceremony today for the "Rewarding Education, Attitude and Leadership" Mission Program Class 10. This is also the first R.E.A.L. Mission program class to graduate from the Alamogordo, N.M. area.
The R.E.A.L. Mission is aimed at re-directing "at-risk" youth in the local community. Through combined efforts with numerous agencies and businesses, the U.S. Border Patrol provides youth with an understanding of the impact that criminal behavior could have on their future.
The R.E.A.L. Mission relies on the many volunteers that come together to ensure the success of the program. El Paso sector Border Patrol agents, in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and community partners, dedicate their time as mentors and instructors-offering students an environment that supports both positive and healthy learning.
Students participating in this six-week program are also taught the importance of living a positive lifestyle by educating them on the possible repercussions of gang involvement, drug use and criminal activity. More importantly, mentors work to show students the benefits of making appropriate decisions throughout their lives. In addition, the R.E.A.L. Mission program focuses on building leadership and teamwork skills-enhancing future opportunities and employment options.
By dedicating themselves to the R.E.A.L. Mission program, the 11 graduates have met the mission's goal and will take the knowledge they received to lead a promising future.
These programs exemplify the dedication of the United States Border Patrol and its community partners to help secure our nation's borders and improve the quality of life for people who live in our border region.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.