Project Challenge seeks applicants for spring semester

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Nevada Project Challenge, a residential youth at-risk program co-sponsored by the National Guard and funded by the state, is seeking male and female applicants 16-18 years old for its spring semester.

The program includes a five-month residential program conducted in a military environment followed by one year of post-residential mentoring. It focuses on developing discipline and responsibility to provide graduates the basic educational and social skills needed for success.

There is no cost or military obligation to students or families who enroll.

The program targets youths who are at risk of failing to complete their secondary education. Enrollees will follow a rigorous and challenging daily schedule of physical training, academic work and personal development.

The core curriculum allows many participants to earn their GED diploma and learn job skills.

"Since 1993, more than 230 Nevada students have successfully completed the Project Challenge program, and a high percentage of those students have gone on to either college or the military," said Alan Callanan, the Nevada Project Challenge coordinator. "About 75 percent of the students who complete Project Challenge earned their GEDs."

Program participants must live in Nevada, comply with program regulations, be drug-free, and pass a military physical exam. High school dropouts who are currently incarcerated, waiting sentence or involved in the judicial system are ineligible.

For information or an application, call Callanan at 885-8201 or 887-7357.


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