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Commonwealth ChalleNGe The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a 17-and-a-half month program, which includes a five-and-a-half month residential phase, followed by a 12-month post-residential and mentoring phase.
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The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a co-educational program for at-risk teens ages 16 to 18 offered free of charge to all participants. This two-part program consists of a 22-week, quasi-military residential phase at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach followed by a 12-month, post-residential phase. During the residential program, cadet studies are centered on the eight components o

The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a co-educational program for at-risk teens ages 16 to 18 offered free of charge to all participants. This two-part program consists of a 22-week, quasi-military residential phase at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach followed by a 12-month, post-residential phase. During the residential program, cadet studies are centered on the eight components o

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Congratulations Class 55, Week 20 Silver and Gold Phase. All the cadets are pushing hard to earn their GED and finish up...
08/11/2021

Congratulations Class 55, Week 20 Silver and Gold Phase. All the cadets are pushing hard to earn their GED and finish up their credits. One more week until graduation. #challengeworks #CCYA

Congratulations to this week's Silver and Gold Phase Cadets. Also captured some photos of our awesome color guard this m...
08/05/2021

Congratulations to this week's Silver and Gold Phase Cadets. Also captured some photos of our awesome color guard this morning.

#ccya #challengeworks

We use a Quasi-Military Model for structure and discipline while the cadets are here at ChalleNGe. This information in t...
08/04/2021

We use a Quasi-Military Model for structure and discipline while the cadets are here at ChalleNGe. This information in the picture was recently shared with all the ChalleNGe programs across the nation. It's a good reminder of what we do here and why we do it.

If you know any 16-18-year-olds that can benefit from the structure and discipline of ChalleNGe, we are still accepting applications for Class 56. Class 56 will be starting on October 5th.

#CCYA #challengeworks

We use a Quasi-Military Model for structure and discipline while the cadets are here at ChalleNGe. This information in the picture was recently shared with all the ChalleNGe programs across the nation. It's a good reminder of what we do here and why we do it.

If you know any 16-18-year-olds that can benefit from the structure and discipline of ChalleNGe, we are still accepting applications for Class 56. Class 56 will be starting on October 5th.

#CCYA #challengeworks

We are very proud of each of our graduates and love to share in their success after they graduate from ChalleNGe. Cadet ...
07/31/2021

We are very proud of each of our graduates and love to share in their success after they graduate from ChalleNGe.

Cadet Hughes from Class 50 had a dream while participating in Canine Cadets. One of her goals was to become a dog trainer, she achieved that goal and is working as a trainer for Zoom Room in Virginia Beach.

Aim high cadets anything is possible if you put in the work. #ccya #challengeworks

We are very proud of each of our graduates and love to share in their success after they graduate from ChalleNGe.

Cadet Hughes from Class 50 had a dream while participating in Canine Cadets. One of her goals was to become a dog trainer, she achieved that goal and is working as a trainer for Zoom Room in Virginia Beach.

Aim high cadets anything is possible if you put in the work. #ccya #challengeworks

Today we had the honor and pleasure of having the First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and Acting Secretary Jabs of the...
07/30/2021

Today we had the honor and pleasure of having the First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and Acting Secretary Jabs of the Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs visit. Also visiting was General Williams the Adjutant General of Virginia National Guard. They were given a tour and had the opportunity to learn about our Environmental Club. First Lady Northam also presented the club with her official ChalleNGe coin.

Director Chicoine also presented certificates to our guests thanking them for visiting.

Yesterday ended with some more time on the soccer field for the Class 55 soccer tournament. The cadets are working so ha...
07/30/2021

Yesterday ended with some more time on the soccer field for the Class 55 soccer tournament. The cadets are working so hard, I know some of the pictures might show them relaxing between games. Most want to stop and pose when we come around with the camera, others not so much.

This week the Environmental Club participated in the Coastal Exploration Program with Lynnhaven River NOW. They learned ...
07/29/2021

This week the Environmental Club participated in the Coastal Exploration Program with Lynnhaven River NOW. They learned about different organisms how they are part of the food web. Also learning how they affect different parts of the marsh. #ccya #challengeworks

Join us in celebrating First Round Gold Phase today along with additional Silver Phase, Academic Awards, and Platoon Lea...
07/28/2021

Join us in celebrating First Round Gold Phase today along with additional Silver Phase, Academic Awards, and Platoon Leadership and PT Awards. All awards at CCYA are earned and definitely deserved.

More cadets have earned their Credit Recovery Ribbon, which is awarded when they complete 2 of their core classes.

About 23 days until graduation, please continue to encourage your cadet through letters, emails, and phone calls. We will be sending out the details for graduation in the next week, please watch your email for updates. #CCYA #challengeworks

The soccer cadets have been participating in the ChalleNGe soccer tournament this week. More Pictures to follow this wee...
07/27/2021

The soccer cadets have been participating in the ChalleNGe soccer tournament this week. More Pictures to follow this week of the other teams. #ccya #challengeworks

The Environmental Club worked with Lynnhaven River NOW on a special project to help filter water before it enters the oc...
07/24/2021

The Environmental Club worked with Lynnhaven River NOW on a special project to help filter water before it enters the ocean. Creating a filter system for lakes, streams and waterways will ultimately keep our oceans cleaner.

This week the Canine Cadets Club was able to go off campus and volunteer at the Virginia Beach SPCA As you can see the c...
07/23/2021

This week the Canine Cadets Club was able to go off campus and volunteer at the Virginia Beach SPCA As you can see the cadets had a wonderful time and I am sure the dogs did as well. #ccya #challengeworks

The future is bright for these 2 Class 56 Applicants. They attended Mr. Sheffield’s orientation in Alexandria today. The...
07/21/2021

The future is bright for these 2 Class 56 Applicants. They attended Mr. Sheffield’s orientation in Alexandria today. They asked lots of questions and are excited to attend Class 56 starting October 5th.

If you know someone who could benefit from attending ChalleNGe, have them visit our website and attend an upcoming orientation.

The future is bright for these 2 Class 56 Applicants. They attended Mr. Sheffield’s orientation in Alexandria today. They asked lots of questions and are excited to attend Class 56 starting October 5th.

If you know someone who could benefit from attending ChalleNGe, have them visit our website and attend an upcoming orientation.

Today is an exciting day for admissions, we are conducting our first live in person orientations since COVID started. An...
07/21/2021

Today is an exciting day for admissions, we are conducting our first live in person orientations since COVID started. Anyone interested in learning more about ChalleNGe and Class 56.

Join Mr. Boykin today at the Midlothian Library @2PM

Midlothian Library-Chesterfield County
521 Coalfield Rd
Midlothian, VA

Today is an exciting day for admissions, we are conducting our first live in person orientations since COVID started. Anyone interested in learning more about ChalleNGe and Class 56.

Join Mr. Boykin today at the Midlothian Library @2PM

Midlothian Library-Chesterfield County
521 Coalfield Rd
Midlothian, VA

Class 55, we have started GED testing. This is an exciting time for the cadets but they are also very nervous at the sam...
07/20/2021

Class 55, we have started GED testing. This is an exciting time for the cadets but they are also very nervous at the same time. Please send your cadet encouraging words over the next couple of weeks. Positive letters and emails will give them confidence and motivation. #ccya #challengeworks

Class 55, we have started GED testing. This is an exciting time for the cadets but they are also very nervous at the same time. Please send your cadet encouraging words over the next couple of weeks. Positive letters and emails will give them confidence and motivation. #ccya #challengeworks

Today we captured the Martial Arts Club led by Director Chicoine. His focus is remaining calm, meditation, and defense.
07/19/2021

Today we captured the Martial Arts Club led by Director Chicoine. His focus is remaining calm, meditation, and defense.

Today we had the pleasure of having the Virginia National Guard on campus speaking to the cadets about the benefits and ...
07/16/2021

Today we had the pleasure of having the Virginia National Guard on campus speaking to the cadets about the benefits and opportunities in the National Guard. The cadets were learning and having fun sampling the MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), sitting in the HUMMV, hitting the punching bag, and the inflatable obstacle course. Virginia Army National Guard Recruiting thank you for supporting our cadets. #CCYA #challengeworks

Class 55 returned from pass on Monday and have hit the ground running. Pushing forward with earning their credits and lo...
07/15/2021

Class 55 returned from pass on Monday and have hit the ground running. Pushing forward with earning their credits and looking to take the GED in the next couple of weeks. Everyone is focused and motivated.

Today we captured the Canine Cadets club working with Cooper the deaf Dachshund. ChalleNGing at first but both he and the cadets learned a lot.

#ccya #challengeworks

Happy Independence Day!! We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day!! We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Happy Independence Day!! We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

The Cadets had the opportunity to meet some Vikings from Fenvald Vikings, invited by Mr. Morgan our Social Studies teach...
07/01/2021

The Cadets had the opportunity to meet some Vikings from Fenvald Vikings, invited by Mr. Morgan our Social Studies teacher. This was a unique experience for the cadets and they enjoyed learning, especially getting to touch the tools and equipment on display.

06/30/2021

Good Morning Class 55 Parents/Guardians,

We hope everyone has safe travels as they head home for pass.

Quick reminder for those interested in Class Rings and Pictures.

July 9th is the deadline to pre-order pictures and a class ring. Contact Mr. Porter at 757-515-3144 or [email protected] to order.

Our final promotion ceremony before the cadets head home for a much-needed pass break. Congratulations on Silver Phase.A...
06/30/2021

Our final promotion ceremony before the cadets head home for a much-needed pass break. Congratulations on Silver Phase.

After the promotion ceremony, the director spoke with the cadets reiterated how proud we are of this class. They have been resilient and continued to work hard since they began this journey in April.

He also encouraged them to take advantage of this downtime but also keep safety in mind and make good choices.

Congratulations to our monthly awardees, academic awards, and platoon PT and Leadership Awards for the month of June.
06/29/2021

Congratulations to our monthly awardees, academic awards, and platoon PT and Leadership Awards for the month of June.

Extra-Curricular Activities are good for the soul. The cadets really enjoy having the opportunity to participate in thes...
06/18/2021

Extra-Curricular Activities are good for the soul. The cadets really enjoy having the opportunity to participate in these activities and clubs of their choice. It is a privilege and is earned. If they are not following the rules they may be suspended from the different clubs. As you can see we have some Art Club and Chess Club. Thank you to our club sponsors Ms. Disney for Art and Mr. Eidson for Chess Club.

We are excited to announce Silver Phase for this week. Congratulations to these cadets this week. Also captured some pic...
06/17/2021

We are excited to announce Silver Phase for this week. Congratulations to these cadets this week.

Also captured some pictures of 3rd Platoon raising the colors at formation.

Captured some photos of the Volleyball Team practicing drills yesterday. Also ran into some cadets playing basketball du...
06/16/2021

Captured some photos of the Volleyball Team practicing drills yesterday. Also ran into some cadets playing basketball during their extracurricular time. They could not resist the temptation to pose for the camera.

Class 55 Canine Cadets Club has partnered with the Virginia Beach SPCA to collect used towels. Parents and Guardians can...
06/15/2021

Class 55 Canine Cadets Club has partnered with the Virginia Beach SPCA to collect used towels. Parents and Guardians can drop off any towels when picking up your cadet on 30 June for pass. Service to Community #challengeworks

Class 55 Canine Cadets Club has partnered with the Virginia Beach SPCA to collect used towels. Parents and Guardians can drop off any towels when picking up your cadet on 30 June for pass. Service to Community #challengeworks

Cadet Jensen Rastatter, a graduate of Class 47, recently shared with us that he has joined the United States Army. He wi...
06/12/2021

Cadet Jensen Rastatter, a graduate of Class 47, recently shared with us that he has joined the United States Army. He will be attending basic training and advanced training at Fort Benning, as an 11X (Infantry Recruit). He would like to continue his training by attending ranger school.

We asked Cadet Rastatter what he would say to an incoming cadet, here is his advice.

“You’ve got what it takes, but it will take everything you’ve got!” Class 47, Cadet Rastatter

Please join us in wishing him luck and thanking him for his service.

Yesterday we checked in on the Art Club, well half of the Art Club. We had so many cadets wanting to express themselves ...
06/11/2021

Yesterday we checked in on the Art Club, well half of the Art Club. We had so many cadets wanting to express themselves through art, we had to split the club in half. They have started working on inside-out masks.

Some of the cadets were also excited to show off the drawings in their sketchbooks. I'd say we have some very artistically talented cadets.

Thank you to Ms. Disney and Ms. Metzger for sponsoring the Art Club.

Yesterday we had one Silver Phase promotion. Congratulations Cadet Williams. As you can see these awards and promotions ...
06/10/2021

Yesterday we had one Silver Phase promotion. Congratulations Cadet Williams. As you can see these awards and promotions are earned and not taken lightly.

As always continue to encourage your cadets. If they have not been promoted, as long as they continue to keep a positive attitude, work hard and do the right thing even when no one is looking, they will achieve greatness.

Here at CCYA, we promote personal choice and responsibility, these cadets along with their parents and/or guardians made...
06/09/2021

Here at CCYA, we promote personal choice and responsibility, these cadets along with their parents and/or guardians made the choice for them to obtain the COVID vaccine. Yesterday we had 22 cadets get their 1st COVID vaccine. Pictured with the cadets is the leadership from the Virginia Beach Convention Center testing site. #ngycp ChallengeWorks

As an important note, we have had many other cadets receive the vaccine on an individual appointment basis. We were able to get this group in all at the same time.

Here at CCYA, we promote personal choice and responsibility, these cadets along with their parents and/or guardians made the choice for them to obtain the COVID vaccine. Yesterday we had 22 cadets get their 1st COVID vaccine. Pictured with the cadets is the leadership from the Virginia Beach Convention Center testing site. #ngycp ChallengeWorks

As an important note, we have had many other cadets receive the vaccine on an individual appointment basis. We were able to get this group in all at the same time.

06/08/2021

Good Afternoon Class 55 Parents/Guardians,

The time has arrived that many of you have been waiting for, Cadet Pass Time! The cadets are very excited so please continue to encourage them as we continue to keep them focused for the next couple of weeks.

We will provide some additional details and information in the next couple of weeks, but here are the basics. The pass will begin 30 June and End July 12th.

Pass Pickup-ChalleNGe Campus
30 June 2021
09:00AM-11:00AM

Return-Drop off ChalleNGe Campus
12 July 2012
4:00PM-8:00PM

**IMPORTANT NOTE**
If your cadet needs any appointments, please schedule them during this pass. This will help us and the cadets eliminate distractions when we return from the pass.

Class 55 Environmental Club participated in Clean the Bay Day with Lynnhaven River NOW. Each month crews gather and clea...
06/07/2021

Class 55 Environmental Club participated in Clean the Bay Day with Lynnhaven River NOW. Each month crews gather and clean trash and garbage from the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways. Cadets must earn 40 hours of community service while attending CCYA. What a great way to spend those hours. Thank you to our Environmental Club Sponsors Ms. Keener and Ms. Garcia.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Total graduates to date: over 5,000 Cadets Total service to community hours for Class 38: over 8,000 71% of Class 38 obtained their GED 100% of Class 50 cadets have been placed (school/work/military/trade school/volunteer service)

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This post is in response to Class 55 Graduation- Once the graduation ceremony has ended and the Virtual session is over, would their be an opportunity to purchase a DVD? This is just a thought. Please remember that this is a pivotal moment for all of our young men and women. I am proud of my child's accomplishments. As a parent I would like the opportunity to view this ceremony again and again at my convenience. Recordings and pictures last a lifetime. Is there anyway we can make this happen for the graduation ceremony? Additionally, if this was not planned, can you please make the necessary arrangements to make a DVD of the ceremony available to parents and families, since we can no longer take part of the ceremony as previously arranged.
Any updates on possible dates for students to start on campus training? I have reviewed the guidelines for phase 2 and 3. Would the program be able to function under phase 2?
Here is a great link for to study the ASVAP. You can take the practice test and study any areas of weakness. Remember higher scores open more opportunities! If you study daily you'll be ready when you take the pretest in May/June
Good day, 5-2! Haven't heard an update but sending words of encouragement to all of you. Chin up and face the obstacle at hand...you can only do one thing at a time. Wishing y'all the best in your studies!
Thank you so much Challenge for all that you are doing not just for my cadet but all the cadets! I am so proud of daughter Leayah Seward! I know without a doubt that my child will walk into greatness! I have cried happy tears everyday! I thank God for Challenge!
Thank you Challenge...You all helped my child do in 6 months what he could not do in 4 years of HS. I just heard my child Cadet Anthony Johnson just earned his GED!! 🎓He is a perfect example to show that traditional schooling doesn't work for everyone!! VA CHALLENGE YOU ROCK! Again I thank you for boosting his confidence and helping him begin a new chapter in his life!! #PROUDMOMMA😍🥰👨🏾‍🎓
How about marching our hot tired Cadets down to the 7-11 for "FREE SLURPEE DAY" today bet 11am-7pm. I think that would be a great treat!! I know that is not in your POD but maybe you could add it!!😍🥵👍
My son AJ, Class 51, 1st Plt came home last Wednesday on his 1st pass and when I say NON STOP I mean non stop!! He has not stopped talking about the program. I know this was the best decision he has made in his 18 yo. He has talked about everything that has to do with the CHALLENGE". I have never seen my child so proud of his accomplishments like he is now. He has marched for me, sang cadence to me, showed me the exercises he does daily along with the ones they do for punishment!! He has gotten up early in the morning to go jogging!! He must have told me 100 times over how he can't believe he was chosen many times to be the 1st at something in this class, ie he made 1st draft of Silver Phase. Honor Guard, Platoon Sgt. The Kicker was on day 2 of being home he said to me and I quote, "Mom it feels weird being home. I don't know what to do with myself". He kept saying if I were at the challenge I'd be doing this or that. The structured environment the Challenge provides is working very well for him!! Well tomorrow I give my child back to the Challenge and I will rest easy because next to home I know he is in GREAT hands! Thank you challenge for all you are doing for my child and all the youth in the program...YOU ALL ROCK!!
What does being put on Fast Track mean?
Good to see Commonwealth Challenge youth group Academy doing what no other for its Country and not what your country can do for you i appreciate all in all beginn the center none end ending future thank God for it Forefathers build this country on the very stuff Amen
Love the concept! 🙂