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Youth Challenge Academy, Wal-Mart team to promote vocational education

POSTED: August 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy announced that vocational scholarships have been awarded to recent program graduates Atting Eminue and Michael Niegbruegge. The scholarships, made possible by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, will allow Atting and Michael to continue their education and job training through vocational programs in Georgia.
The Wal-Mart Foundation contributed $250,000 to support the vocational education efforts of 132 National Guard Youth Challenge graduates from 33 programs in 27 states plus Puerto Rico. Sixty-six of those scholarships have recently been awarded. An additional 66 scholarships will be awarded in December.  
"We are honored to have the support of the Wal-Mart Foundation," said Lt. Gen. (Ret) John B. Conaway, chairman of the National Guard Youth Foundation. "Wal-Mart's support will allow National Guard Youth Challenge program graduates to continue their education at vocational institutions across the country."
The Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy is located at Fort Stewart, Georgia and works with disadvantaged youth during a five-month residential and 12-month non-residential mentoring program to provide education, life and job skills.  
"The National Guard Youth Challenge Program has given many of America's youth a second chance," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. "Wal-Mart is honored to do our part to help these students gain the necessary job skills and technical training to enter the 21st century workforce."

 

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