National broadcaster CBS recently produced a feature on the Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a local academic “boot camp” for troubled youth looking for a second chance.
Based out of the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Sunburst is run by the California National Guard – and it offers not only academic challenges to the teenagers but also physical and mental discipline as well as an incredible sense of accomplishment once they complete the 22-week program.
Orange County Breeze editor Shelley Henderson has attended Day 1 of the Sunburst program, which starts out with an 5 a.m. wake-up call and early morning jog, followed by numerous other physical activities designed to demonstrate the importance of following instructions and working together to accomplish goals.
For many of the young people who attend the Academy, it’s a chance at turning their lives around and finally breaking free of self-destructive behaviors. It’s not easy, and some don’t succeed – but for those who do, the joy they feel at graduation is well-worth the struggle to get to that podium.
The CBS feature follows a number of such troubled teens who decided to take up the challenge and enroll at Sunburst.
Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy is located at 4022 Saratoga Ave. #21 on the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
The next class begins in January 2015. For more information about Sunburst, visit their website or call 562-936-1759, o puede llamar al 562-936-1763.
Sunburst candidates from Class 10 undergo the early morning “shark attack” on Day 1. Photo by CEH Wiedel.