IMG_7455Ms. Sheila Weaver

Lead Counselor

 (757) 491-5932 ext. 239

IMG_7456Mr. Jeremy Leiter

Art Therapist

 (757) 491-5932 ext. 247

Ms. Sonya Moore


 (757) 491-5932 ext. 223

Ms. Erica Beer


 (757) 491-5932 ext. 232

Counseling Services:

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.

Cadets participating in Art Therapy at ChalleNGe will work with a variety of art materials and techniques, including:

    • Clay Work
    • Painting
    • Drawing
    • Print Making
    • Pastels
    • Plaster
    • Murals

 Through creative expression, cadets build upon the eight core components of Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy while addressing personal needs.

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