PERTH AMBOY—Cadet Joey Collado graduated from the New Jersey National Guard ChalleNGe Youth Program on Aug. 29. Collado, of Perth Amboy, is one of the 105 New Jersey teens in the program’s 30th graduating class.
National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Youth Program, located at Fort Fix, began in 1992 with the goal of identifying at-risk teenagers who have dropped out of high school and turning their lives around with a combination of military-based training, community service, and mentorship. These teens receiving a second chance must be legal New Jersey residents between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, drug free, and have no pending legal issues.
Cadets who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a State of New Jersey High School Diploma. The graduation ceremony took place at the Trenton War Memorial with a special key-note speaker and honorary guest, Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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