FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard Youth Challenge program …is accepting applications for fall classes, which begin on July 13, 2014. Jointly funded between the federal government and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and sponsored by the Kentucky National Guard, Youth ChalleNGe is designed to help youth, ages 16-18, get a jump start on life.
The 22-week curriculum covers extensive academic studies geared toward completing a high school diploma as well as physical fitness, leadership and community awareness projects. The program has been around for nearly 20 years. More than 100,000 cadets have graduated from the program nation-wide.
Basic qualifications for admission include:
* Applicants must be between the ages of 16-18 on class start date (July 13, 2014)
* Free of illegal drugs
* A high school student failing to progress toward completion or a high school dropout who has not received a secondary school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent from another program
* Mentally and physically capable to participate
* Not under indictment or convicted of a felony offense
The program is 100% free for qualified applicants.
There are currently two Youth Challenge academies in Kentucky — the Bluegrass Challenge Academy is located at Fort Knox while Harlan is home to the Appalachian Challenge Academy.
“We’ve seen some dramatic changes in the young men and women that have come through our front door,” said Josh Coldiron, director of the Appalachian Challenge Academy in Harlan. “They often come from situations that would break your heart. All they need is a little structure and encouragement to make a positive difference in their lives.”
“If you are the parent of a young person who is in need or you know someone you think needs help, this program just may be the answer,” said Coldiron.
With fall classes beginning July 13 the deadline is fast approaching.
To find out more about the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox call 1-877-599-6884 or email email@example.com
To find out more about the Appalachian Challenge Academy in Harlan call 1-855-596-4927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you were in downtown Frankfort Saturday night, then you were treated to TWO EVENTS at one time! The Capital City Classic Car Show displayed the finest classic cars up and down Broadway and St Clair at the same time the Kentucky National Guard held it’s first March for the Memorial 5K event on the Old Capitol Lawn. Many participants were able to browse the classic cars before the start of the race and participate in the cake walk and other events offered by the car show. One hundred and twenty-seven runners and walkers participated in the first event of it’s kind to benefit the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, which broke ground in Frankfort on May 26th. The March for the Memorial had generous sponsorships from Crossfit Frankfort and Crossfit Unbridled.
The first to cross the finish line was Varinke Ensminger, who also won best overall female and best overall female in the 34-40 category. The second place finisher was Tharpe, who also the overall first place male.
Individual First Place Winners in Each Category are as follows:
- 11-15 Mattie Roach
- 16-21 Kristin Just
- 22-27 Christina Rivera
- 28-33 Varinka Ensminger
- 34-40 Amy Parker
- 41-48 Linda Word
- 49-57 Debbie Brown
- 16-21 Matthew Huff
- 22-27 Derrick Davis
- 28-33 Jack Comer
- 34-40 Andrew Wilson
- 41-48 Tony Duncan
- 49-57 Bill Draper
- 58 & up Gerald Bailey
If you’d like to order photos from this event, click HERE.
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Saturday, June 28th Highlights of Frankfort Events
Don’t miss a minute of what’s going on this Summer Weekend in and around the Frankfort Area!
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
12:30 – 2:00 pm – Sprinkler Saturday, at the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St. Cool off on a hot summer day, the old fashioned way, by running through the sprinklers! FREE Info: 227-2560
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Family Saturday: From Pen to Paper, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway. Put down that smart phone. Leave the age of technology behind and try your hand at writing with a quill pen. Learn how paper was made and the ingredients for ink. For children ages 5 to 10 and their families. Info: 502-564-1792.
5:00 – 10:00 pm – Sunshine Center Benefit, The 5th Annual Sunshine Center Benefit, A Storybook Evening, will be held at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, 4686 Versailles Rd. The event features music by the Downtown Country Band, a table decorating contest, a children’s activity area and more.
The gates open at 5:00pm and music begins at 6:30pm. Food will be available for purchase or bring a picnic.
Tables of eight are available for $200. Tickets are $10 per person with a maximum of $30 per family for those wanting to sit on a chair or blanket. For more information, to reserve a table or to buy tickets, contact, Angela Holechek at 502.875.3495 or by email at email@example.com.
All proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Center, a non-profit that provides education, counseling and referral services to break the cycle of abuse within the family.
Participants are invited to decorate a table featuring a favorite children’s storybook. Those coming may also dress as a favorite storybook character. Tables will be judged and prizes awarded.
6:00 – 9:00 pm – Cruise-In/Car Show, sponsored by Capital City Classics. Downtown Frankfort on Broadway.
6:00 pm – 2:30 am – Twin Hills Drive-in Theatre, 1785 Louisville Road, Harrodsburg, KY, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor; and Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton.
An Old Fashioned Drive-In Theatre experience located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Family owned and operated. Providing affordable fun for everyone!
Admission: $5.00 for adult
$2.50 for children (3-11)
Children ages 2 & under are free!
*These admission prices include both movies!
-Lawn chairs allowed.
-Outside Coolers and food allowed for $5
-Tune your radio station to 106.1 FM
7:00 pm- Stone Soup @ Miguels, Looks like its gonna be a great night to be out on the patio enjoying the food, drink and music! Join us on the Patio for some Classic Rock & Blues! …….and a margarita or big beer! 🙂
7:30 – 9:30 pm – March for the Memorial 5K, Walk to raise funds for the KY National Guard Memorial through downtown Frankfort. Beginning on Broadway. Everyone welcome! Register online HERE “Like” March for the Memorial 5K on Facebook HERE
A five kilometer run/walk through the downtown Frankfort is scheduled for 28 June 2014 at 7:30 pm. The timed event not only offers cash prizes and medals to the finalist but will also provide every registrant the chance to win sponsor donated gifts through several drawings. The cost for age eleven and u…p is twenty-five dollars and just five dollars for ages five to ten. The registration fee includes your bib number, a military inspired t-shirt and a gift bag. Regsiter now to take advantage of this discount. Race day registration is offered, however the prices will increase after 20 June to $30 for ages 11 and up.
Besides the opportunity to participate in the run, the event is hosting a Sit & Sip area post-5K where participants may enjoy alcoholic beverages and listen to a live band.
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Frankfort, KY – A five kilometer run/walk through the downtown Frankfort is scheduled for 28 June 2014 at 7:30 pm. The timed event not only offers cash prizes and medals to the finalist but will also provide every registrant the chance to win sponsor donated gifts through several drawings. The cost for age eleven and up is twenty-five dollars and just five dollars for ages five to ten. The registration fee includes your bib number, a military inspired t-shirt and a gift bag. Register now to take advantage of this discount. Race day registration is offered, however the prices will increase after June 20th to $30 for ages 11 and up.
Besides the opportunity to participate in the run, the event is hosting a Sit & Sip area post-5K where participants may enjoy alcoholic beverages and listen to a live 80’s band.
Register online at: https://ticketriver.com/event/10869-march-for-the-memorial-5k or ‘Like’ the March for the Memorial 5k on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchfortheMemorial
Since 1912, thousands of men and women have served in the Kentucky National Guard. Hundreds of them have perished – some on foreign battlefields, some on missions here in KY to save fellow citizens from danger and disaster and some perished training to accomplish their missions. They each took a sacred vow to protect us from enemies, foriegn and domestic. Now it’s your turn. Step forward and help us honor their sacrifices, Soldiers and Airmen never die until they are forgotten.
The memorial is being constructed at the entrance of Boone Center in Frankfort, KY. It will create a sacred space for families, friends, and comrades to reflect and remember. It will serve as a classroom for those wishing to learn about service to the state and the nation as well as the cost of freedom. The project is dependent upon private financial support from Kentucky citizens, corporations and foundations. One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the KYNG March for the Memorial will go towards funding the memorial.
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Story by Joshua L. Witt, Event Volunteer
Frankfort, Kentucky – February 22, 2014 – Following the success of their first benefit concert held two weeks ago, the non-profit Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund announced today that another event has been scheduled. Up and coming local fan favorite, Borrowed Blue, will open for the legendary Grammy Award winning Kentucky Headhunters on Saturday, April 19 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1 and will be available at www.etix.com. “Continuation of the Memorial Fund’s benefit concert series is critical as we seek $500,000 in new fundraising by Memorial Day,” stated Joshua Witt, a Memorial Fund volunteer assisting with the upcoming concert.
In an effort to share the vision of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial project with those most affected by the effort, all veterans and related personnel with a current military ID will be admitted to the concert for free. General admission tickets for all others will be $20. Limited reserve seating and Meet & Greet/VIP packages will be available online. It is hoped that a capacity crowd of 4,600 will attend the concert and show their support for the Memorial.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the cost of construction. The Memorial will be built at the entrance of Boone National Guard Center, along US 127 in Frankfort. Intent is to break ground on Memorial Day and complete the project by Veterans Day in November. It is hoped that the upcoming concert will raise an additional $100,000. A final benefit concert has already been slated for August 23, featuring Sunday Best and the Charlie Daniels Band. Details are still being finalized. Tickets are expected to be available by early April.
While the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund initially began their fundraising effort four years ago, recent support from major donors and events has made a tremendous impact. On February 15, all Wal-Mart stores across Kentucky began a forty-five day campaign in support of the Memorial Project. “Guardsmen and their families are our Associates, customers, and neighbors,” stated Mr. Kevin Thompson, Director Public Affairs & Government Relations for Wal-Mart. All money being raised from Wal-Mart is coming from volunteers, individual donors, and market wide initiatives. Many other fundraising activities are currently in the works including a 5K run/walk, motorcycle rally and Derby themed black tie dinner.
Once completed, the memorial will recognize past, current and future Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “Just since September 11, 2001, eighteen Kentucky National Guard Soldiers have given their lives in support of the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan,” declared memorial fund Board Member, Colonel Charlie Jones. “This memorial will not only remember these brave men, but it will also serve as a symbol that we, the Citizens of Kentucky, will not forget any of our Guardsmen – even those who serve in years to come.”
In 2013 the memorial fund raised $267,000 through numerous corporate and individual contributions, as well as several Memorial led fundraising events. The February 8 benefit concert performance of Exile and Delbert McClinton gathered over 1,000 attendees to the Frankfort Convention Center and provided over $70,000 in fundraising support. Memorial Fund volunteers encourage Kentuckians to get involved in the project and to actively participate in efforts taking place across the Commonwealth.
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In June 2008 the KYNG Memorial Fund Project was launched. The vision of the 501 (c)(3) organization is to memorialize Kentuckians that have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Kentucky National Guard. Contributions from the public are essential for the completion of the project. www.guardmemorial.com
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