YOUR SECOND CHANCE AWAITS YOU…
The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a 22 week residential program that is structured in a military style environment to promote academics, attention to detail, time management, and leadership, while promoting self esteem, confidence and pride.
Virginia ChalleNGe Youth Academy
The ChalleNGe Youth Academy opened its doors in July of 1994. In December, our first graduating class of 58 students completed the residential phase of the program and graduated. For many graduates, this was a life-long dream come true. Since then, thirty three classes totaling over 3000 cadets have completed this rigorous program and have gone on to lead successful lives.
The Academy is located in Virginia Beach just a mile away from the beachfront. The Academy is located on Camp Pendleton, the state military reservation. It is located off of Birdneck Road and is about thirty minutes away from downtown Norfolk. The weather is fairly moderate ranging from the low to mid 40's in the winter and low 90's during the summer.
The Virginia ChalleNGe Academy (like all ChalleNGe Programs) is divided into three phases. The "Pre-ChalleNGe," phase is a two week indoctrination period to determine if the prospective cadet is prepared for the rigors of the program.
The "ChalleNGe" phase is a 20 week residential period of academics, physical fitness, counseling (both individual and group), life skills, and team building. This phase most resembles a military school. Cadets live on post in military barracks, eat in the post dining facility, and attend school on post.
The third phase is the "Post Residential" phase. This is a one year mentorship period completed in the cadet's community with the guidance and assistance of a screened, trained, and matched mentor. The Virginia Youth ChalleNGe Program operates two residential classes per year. The classes begin in January and in July.
The Virginia ChalleNGe Academy is funded through the Federal and State governments. There is no charge to the family. Tuition, room and board, and books are provided with no cost to the family. There is a minimal clothing requirement (underwear, shoes, personal items, etc.) and a list will be given out at the Pre-screening detailing what they will need to bring. In addition, OPTIONAL costs may include, photos, class ring, yearbook, etc. These items are strictly optional.