Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy
What Is Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy?
Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy trains and mentors youths who are at-risks to be contributing members of the community. It employs the eight core components in a 22-week residential and 12-month post residential program in a quasi-military environment, which resembles military training including chain of command, self-discipline, respect, and attention to detail.
The Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy
The participants must demonstrate mastery of the eight core components before he/she is allowed to graduate. The components aim to teach and produce youth who will be productive members of the society after graduation.
- Academic Excellence: In this program, the participant’s education skills are enhanced and a desire for continuous self-improvement is instilled in him/her. Classes include essay/writing skills, arts and literature, social studies, science and math. In order to evaluate educational progress and performance, the Adult Basic Education test is utilized.
- Life Coping Skills: The participant understands desires, needs, and attitudes, which motivates him/her as citizens, academy’s members, and individuals. He/she attends workshops and classes like budgeting, parenting, team-building skills, gender stereotyping, stress management, anger management, and substance abuse.
- Job skills: The participant is taught job hunting and interview skills so that he/she is equipped with the necessary skills in conducting job searches.
- Health and Hygiene: The participant can positively correlate hygiene and good health habits to life-long emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Sexual responsibility, nutrition, and smoking cessation classes are also offered.
- Responsible citizenship: The participant develops an understanding of honor code, justice, violence prevention, and cultural awareness in order to support the community.
- Service to the Society: The participant develops an understanding of the rewards he/she gains by volunteering at community agencies and projects.
- Leadership/Followership: The participant acquires the skills needed to be a good member of the community, to be a good follower, and acquires exposure to a good leader’s traits in order to prepare him/her to become a leader when there is an opportunity.
- Physical Fitness: The participant leans the value of long-time commitment to mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
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