- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy is celebrating its latest class of candidates after nine weeks of training.

The group of at-risk, high-school age youth meet Friday with their family members, the first time they have seen them in nine weeks. The event is being held at the McCrady Training Center on Fort Jackson to celebrate their transition from candidates to cadets.

The residential program began in early July. The young men and women who enrolled in the program pledge to make changes in their lives as they undergo 22 weeks of training.

The program offers them a chance to develop values, life skills, and self-discipline as they learn how to succeed as adults.

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