Youth ChalleNGe academies recruiting against July 12 deadline

June 28, 2013 | By kentuckyguard
Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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FRANKFORT, Ky. --Do you know someone who is...

-  Sixteen to eighteen years of age?

-  A high school student failing to progress toward completion?

-  Unsure about the future?

[caption id="attachment_19102" align="alignright" width="300"]ACA portal 31 Cadets from the Appalachian Academy on a field trip to Portal 31, an exhibition coal mine in Harlan County, Ky. Learning about culture and history is an important part of the Youth ChalleNGe curriculum. (Photo courtesy the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy)

Then now is your chance to make a positive difference in this young person's life!

The Kentucky National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe is a 22-week program designed to help at-risk youth get a jump start on life. With two academies in Kentucky — the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox and the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy in Harlan — the curriculum covers extensive academic studies geared toward completing a high school diploma as well as physical fitness, leadership and community awareness projects.

The program is 100% free for qualified applicants. The academies are drug free with a zero tolerance policy. A post-residential mentorship phase is a key part of the program, providing support and guidance to cadet graduates as they pursue additional education and career opportunities.

[caption id="attachment_19103" align="alignleft" width="300"]front_page The Bluegrass ChalleNG Academy takes part in a local community event, which raises civic awareness among its cadets and prepares them for life as roductive and responsible adults. (Photo courtesy the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy)

Both academies are currently recruiting for the next cycle, which is scheduled to begin July 12. Time is growing short and seats are filling up, but the opportunities are real and well within your grasp.

If you've ever wanted to be someone's hero, the time to act is now. Help a young man or woman take that first step toward reclaiming their life and developing the skills, education and discipline necessary to be productive and happy in life. Click here to read about the top five myths about the Kentucky National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program For more information:

Click here for Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox, or call 1-877-599-6884 or email

Click here for Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy in Harlan, or call 1-855-596-4927 or email

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