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Challenge Youth Academy
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/billy-starke challenge-youth-academy 201 Culbreath Road FL 34602 (352) 799-5621 (352) 799-4457 pabrown@eckerd.org 60, Ages 13-18 Eckerd Connects https://eckerd.org/ Nonsecure /facilities/restrictiveness-levels#nonsecure 5 Brooksville Paul Brown Facility Director
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The Challenge Youth Academy serves 60 males between the ages of 13 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program that provides therapeutic services to address all behavioral issues, as well as mental health and substance abuse issues.  Program services include 30 slots with mental health overlay services (MHOS) and 30 slots with substance abuse overlay services (SAOS).

Treatment and education are provided in small, intensive group settings. The program stresses supportive counseling, social rehabilitation, independent living, group, individual, and family therapy, as well as recreation. A priority of the Challenge Youth Academy is the youth's relationships at home and in the community.  Home visits are provided during the youth's transition phases.

Severe mental health offenders are excluded. Youths participate in a group-living setting, work services, and employment developing upon positive home and community relationships.

The anticipated, average length of stay is between three and nine months, depending on the youth's pace of success in completing his individualized treatment plan and goals.

The Challenge Youth Academy is a Type 2 program offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and one elective course. The elective course is typically used to provide additional reading assistance to needy students or vocational training.

Education and vocational services are provided oversight through the Pinellas County School District.

Vocational programming is provided through the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) program. The IC3 global certification program that will provide youth a recognized and accepted certification in basic computing knowledge, which is considered fundamental to academic learning and a minimum requirement for employment in a typical office setting.

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