May 10, 2010 - Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy representatives will conduct an open house and informational session Monday, May 17 for applicants to the academy's next class, which begins July 22. The event will be held at the National Guard armory, 4108 N. Richards Street, Milwaukee, from 3 to 7 p.m.
From 3 to 5 p.m. Challenge Academy staff members, cadets, and parents of cadets will be available to speak with teens and parents who have an interest in the academy and to assist them with the application process. Educators, health and social services personnel, and juvenile justice officers are also welcome to visit at that time. A presentation by Academy Directors for potential candidates will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The tuition-free Challenge Academy offers "at-risk" youths the opportunity to change the direction of their lives. Challenge Academy cadets participate in the academy's eight core components: academic instruction leading to a Wisconsin High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); job skills training; physical fitness; health, hygiene and nutrition; leadership; lifecoping skills; responsible citizenship; and service to community.
The program is for male and female applicants at least 16 years, 9 months, but not yet 19 years old, who have dropped out of high school or due to truancy, have fallen more than one year behind in credits. Applicants must not be currently charged with or previously convicted of a felony and must not be on adult parole or probation. Cadets attend voluntarily; the academy is not open to placement by court order.
For further information, contact the Challenge Academy toll free at 1-866-968-8422 or visit the academy's Web site at www.challengeacademy.org.