Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 91 from Class 49 - Aug. 25, 2018
The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduates 91 cadets from Class 49 Aug. 25, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, in congratulating the cadets on finishing the five-and-a-half-month program. Staff Sgt. Cory Burch, a graduate of the Oregon Youth ChalleNGe Program and currently an active duty Airman assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, was the guest speaker. ChalleNGe aims to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year-old teenagers by providing values, skills, education and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly-structured learning environment.
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