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Cycle 35 Graduation Day

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Cycle 35 Cadets graduated Decemeber 9,2015.

Cycle 35 Graduates, you made it. You had doubts, you fought to stay true to your plans of graduating. It was not easy, at times some of you wanted to give up, but you didn’t. All of you took advantage of all the opportunities available to you, even if you did not think you deserved it. Guess what? You all deserved it, you all deserved the second chance at success. This is only the beginning, if you can make it through this, YOU CAN make it through anything, you have the skills, the discipline, and you all know what right looks like. South Carolina Youth Challenge is here for you, once a cadet, always a cadet!

To view more photos please click here: Cycle 35 Graduation Awards and Ceremony

To view the Graduation Ceremony Video please click here: Cycle 35 Graduation Video

By: Marissa Vannall

 

 

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Cadets work to improve Palmetto Trail

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The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy has been given the opportunity to help restore the South Carolina Palmetto Trail. This trail, when finished will be a 425 mile recreational trail that goes through the state of South Carolina. The trail will begin in Oconee State Park upstate and end north of Charleston. The trail will have several connecting passages that will showcase the unique history and culture of South Carolina. The trail runs through Fort Jackson and the SCYCA cadets have been working hard to clear areas and make the passages visible. 

“Working on the Palmetto Trail was really fun. The best part about cleaning up the trail is having a sense of accomplishment after completing the project. Knowing that I am apart of helping the community makes me feel good. My group and I walked about 5 miles during our second volunteer trip on the trail. I did not think I could actually do it, but I proved myself wrong. The group faced a couple of big obstacles on the trail. There were a bunch of branches blocking the trail and we had to work together to move them out the way. It took us about 15 minutes to complete that task. Moving trees were another big obstacle. The trees seem to weight over 200 pounds! My group did not stop we worked together as a team.”

– Cade Thompson 3rd Platoon

Cadet Experience: Volunteer Event

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Palmetto Trail

The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy has been given the opportunity to help restore the South Carolina Palmetto Trail.  When finished it will be a 425 mile recreational trail that goes through the state of South Carolina. The trail will begin in Oconee State Park upstate and end north of Charleston. The trail will have several connecting passages that will showcase the unique history and culture of South Carolina. The trail runs through Fort Jackson where the SCYCA cadets have been working hard to clear areas and make the passages visible.

Cadet Thompson

Cadet Thompson

Cade Thompson

3rd Platoon

Palmetto Trail Experience

Working on the Palmetto Trail was really fun. The best part about cleaning up the trail is having a sense of accomplishment after completing the project. Knowing that I am a part of helping the community makes me feel good. My group and I walked about 5 miles during our second volunteer trip on the trail. I did not think I could actually do it, but, I proved myself wrong. The group faced a couple of big obstacles on the trail. There were a bunch of branches blocking the trail and we had to work together to move them out the way. It took us about 15 minutes to complete that task. Moving trees were another big obstacle. The trees seem to be over 200 pounds! My group did not stop. We worked together as a team.

The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy with 3D ThinkLink Initiative

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The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy has been  given the opportunity to participate in the 3D ThinkLink Initiative.  Two staff members trained in Washington D.C to learn how to teach and implement the program into SCYCA. The program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education project that introduces students to the field of manufacturing, using 3D design and printing classes to teach critical thinking skills that help at-risk teens make better decisions as they enter adulthood. This experience will open the cadets to a considerable amount of career  opportunities such as, automotive and aerospace engineering, cooking, medicine, architecture and art. Three cadets will be selected to travel to Washington D.C at the end of June to have more intensive training on 3D printing.

 

Update on Cycle 30: Classes Started Today

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Cycle 30 cadets have been very busy these past few days. They spent most of their day Friday getting ready to graduate from the Pre-Challenge phase. The candidates were full of anticipation and excitement. They practiced military drill and learned how to iron their new uniforms. The candidates officially became cadets after graduating from the Pre-Challenge phase Saturday! Between Saturday and Sunday cadets made their first phone call. Today starts the residential phase. For five months the cadets have the opportunity to make basic lifestyle changes and prepare for their GED through rigorous academics and physical training based on the programs eight core components. Focus is on self-discipline,self-esteem, education and development of healthy lifestyles. Parents please encourage these cadets to push forward. A letter from you may make the difference in whether they complete the program.

South Carolina Youth Challenge Started Cycle 30!!!!!!

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On Monday, January 7, 2013 Cycle 30 registered over one hundred candidates. Over the past week and a half the candidates been taught teamwork skills on how to work together with each other. They are also learning how to adjust to the physical, mental and social discipline of the program. Focus is on teamwork, close order drill, code of conduct, leadership/followership skills and physical fitness training.

The candidates had their first Physical Training (PT) test yesterday, to find out where they stood and when it comes to physical fitness and health. Youth Challenge  encourages lifelong commitment to physical fitness, mental and emotional well-being. Cadet must show improvement during the 22 week residential program. Activities include, but are not limited to: military style PT, running and organized sports. The candidates have worked hard over the last couple of days physically.

Thank you parents for continuing to support your candidates because it’s all about them. Please  write the candidates letters of encouragement.