MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(12 September, 2012)
National Guard Bureau’s Senior Enlisted To Address Youth ChalleNGe Graduates
WHO/WHAT: Chief Master Sgt. Denise M. Jelinski-Hall, Senior Enlisted Leader for the National Guard, will deliver the keynote address for the New Jersey National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program’s 36th class graduation ceremony as high school diplomas are presented to the more than 80 cadets.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: The War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey
ChalleNGe provides 16-18 year-old New Jersey residents who did not complete high school, a second chance at earning a diploma or qualifying for a GED (Graduate Equivalency Diploma). The program, which is run by the National Guard and is active in 22 states, seeks to identify at-risk teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and gives them the motivation and direction they need to complete their schooling. Applicants must be New Jersey residents between 16-18 years old, drug-free, and not currently involved in the legal system.
Cadets participate in a wide variety of activities to include daily physical training, community service and vocational training. The academic courses emphasize reading, writing, mathematics, computer skills, citizenship and social studies. Cadets who successfully complete the requirements are eligible to receive a State of New Jersey High School Diploma. Following Phase I, the initial 22-week residency phase, cadets are assigned mentors for an additional 12 months to provide continued guidance and direction through a combination of personal visits, e-mails and phone calls.