Guard program would help at-risk youth in PA

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 4, 2018 9:54 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new program aimed toward helping at-risk youth in Pennsylvania has won Senate approval. 

The bill would establish the Pennsylvania National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

It provides a structured, quasi-military residential education for youth who are at risk of dropping out of school. 

State Senator Randy Vulakovich, who sponsored the bill, says over 13 thousand Pennsylvania teens drop out every year.

"It's mission is to intervene in, and reclaim the lives of 16 to 18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens and discover their true potential," he said.

Similar programs are in place in 29 other states and the District of Columbia.

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