(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy graduated 88 cadets from 32 wisconsin counties yesterday (Saturday) at a noon ceremony held at Mauston High School. The purpose of the Callenge Academy is to re-shape the lives of at risk youth aged 16 to 18, through the use of structured, military-style environments and state certified teachers and counselors. Cadets are given the chance to improve their academic abilities, while building character, self confidence, and developing personal discipline.
After graduating from the 22-week residential phase of academy training, cadets are paired with hometown mentors who offer guidance and encouragement in pursuing their new direction in life. Currently the National Guard Youth Challenge Program operates 40 different programs in 30 states as well as Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Nationwide the program has graduated more than 145,000 teens. Two of the 88 graduates are Dodge County residents from Mayville and Watertown.
The Next class begins January 24th, 2019. Applications are available for future classes online at www.challengeacademy.org or by calling the Challenge Academy at 866-968-8422.
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