Our Counselors

Ms. April Hand-Cameron, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC
Lead Counselor, Counseling Department
(757) 491-5932 Ext 232

Ms. Adina Disney, MSW
Counselor, Counseling Department
(757) 491-5932 ext. 239

Mr. Oladayo Oluwalola, MSW, AMTP
Counselor, Counseling Department
(757) 491-5932 Ext 247

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.