RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Nearly 200 teens from across the state graduated from the National Guard Youth Challenge Program at Bell Auditorium Saturday. It's a voluntary intervention program open to kids 16 through 18 who want to change their lives through education.
The 17-month course gives them lifelong skills through mentoring, community service and physical fitness.
"It helps at-risk youth. Kids who have been put out of school, some kids have not been put out of school but the traditional school setting, for whatever reason, has not worked for them. So, they come to our program to get their GED, they can get their high school diploma and they also can do credit recovery," said Youth Challenge Academy Cadre, Kimberly Crenshaw.