Ms. Adina Disney, MSW
(757) 491-5932 ext. 239
The mission of Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year old teenagers by providing the values, skills, education, and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly structured learning environment.
A major factor in molding responsible, productive citizens is to address the emotional needs of our cadets. Commonwealth ChalleNGe offers individual and group counseling services to cadets based on a curriculum of life coping skills as well as the individual needs of each cadet.
Upon enrollment in Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, cadets are matched with a highly skilled counselor or social worker. Together, counselors and cadets address a variety of themes over the course of the 22-week residential phase, including:
- Adjusting to ChalleNGe
- Goal Setting
- Acknowledging and Building Personal Strengths
- Emotional Awareness and Management
- Positive Communication
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Preparing for Life Outside of ChalleNGe
Art Therapy at ChalleNGe:
In conjunction with cadet counseling services, Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy offers cadets an opportunity to participate in individual and group Art Therapy sessions aimed at promoting self-awareness and positive coping skills within a structured, creative environment.