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Free Boot Camp for Troubled Teens Accepting New Applicants

Before her daughter Tamryn entered the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy “she was out of control, hanging with gangs, doing drugs, failing school and had no respect for herself or anyone else,” said Debra Johnson of Beloit.

“After attending your program, she came home a loving person with goals set for her future. Now, she is a caring mother who is preparing to attend nursing classes. Because of the Academy, I have my daughter back,” Johnson said.

About Challenge Academy

The Challenge Academy, a tuition-free boot camp for 16- to 18-year-old troubled teens, is now accepting applications for its next class of cadets, who will enter on Jan. 18, 2008.

Located at Fort McCoy, the academy offers high school dropouts or habitual truants a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma, learn essential job and life-coping skills, and develop the strength of character to become responsible citizens, academy officials said.

Cadets spend 22 weeks at Fort McCoy, learning in a highly structured environment. After returning to their home communities, they work with local mentors for another year to pursue the goals they have set for themselves.

Who Can Apply

Would-be cadets must apply voluntarily, must have dropped out of school or be at least a year behind in credits, and must not have been convicted of a felony.

More information is available from the academy’s admissions department at 608/269-4605 or at www.challengeacademy.org.

“This is one of the best things you will do for yourself,” said Ryan Gilbertson, a 2006 Challenge Academy graduate from Wisconsin Rapids. “It is not easy, but it is worth it when you’re done.”

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