A new academy for at-risk youth is set to open this July at Fort Indiantown Gap and the hope is that some good order and discipline will get the 16-18 year old young men and women who come there back on track. It’s called the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy.
Admissions and Recruiting Director, R. Brock Schultheis says it’s a decades-old program elsewhere but only came to Pennsylvania five years ago:
The 17-month program, in which participants live in barracks on the grounds of Fort Indiantown Gap for the first five months, is 100% voluntary and free:
Schultheis says Act 51 of 2019 set up the funding stream for the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy and it will have a dedicated line item in the state budget every year.
Applications are currently being accepted for the first class of students to begin the program this July. To find out more, log onto dmva.pa.gov.