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Teens graduate from youth academy
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Three Liberty County teens were among 215 youths who graduated from the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge program Aug. 29  at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta.
Liberty County graduates are Gregory J. Ferraro of Ludowici, Jonathan M. Greenlee of Midway and Cheick A. Gueye of Fort Stewart.
Georgia’s Youth Challenge is a 22-week residential youth program for teens aged 16-18 who have dropped out of school. The military-styled program provides teens with the opportunity to complete basic academic courses leading to a high school diploma or GED. The voluntary program also provides teens valuable life skills training emphasizing academic, physical fitness and personal discipline.
The Georgia National Guard operates two Youth Challenge Academy campuses in the state, the original campus on Fort Stewart, and a second campus at Fort Gordon near Augusta that opened in 2000. To date more than 8,500 formerly at-risk teens have graduated from the Youth Challenge Academy program at the Georgia campuses.
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