Michigan Youth Challenge Academy celebrates 14th year
Updated: Monday, April 15 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - State leaders celebrated 14 years in which a Battle Creek-program has turned lives around for at-risk teens.
And the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, located on the VA campus, has done it all for free.
State Senator Mike Nofs and Representative Kate Segal met with cadets who are going through the program that works on mental and physical discipline.
Federal funding for the program hasn't come easy.
Each teen costs about $13,000 to graduate.
Representative Segal says she's seen hundreds of cadets reclaim their lives after the 22 week program.
More than 2,500 cadets have successfully graduated since the program's inception.