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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. At 6:30 p.m., an overview of the Challenge Academy will be provided, giving the audience insight and understanding of program requirements. The general public, educators, health and social services personnel, and juvenile justice officers are also welcome to attend.

The Challenge Academy offers ìat-riskî youth the opportunity to change the direction of their lives. Challenge Academy cadets participate in the academyís eight core components: academic instruction with the opportunity to earn a Wisconsin High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); job skills training; physical fitness; health, hygiene and nutrition; leadership; life-coping skills; responsible citizenship; and service to community. There is no cost for students or their families to attend the Challenge Academy.

The program is for male and female applicants at least 16 years, 9 months, but not yet 19 years old, who have been expelled, 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 ó 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 academyís website.