Laurel youth finds leadership voice

Courtesy photo. Cadet Korbin Smith
Courtesy photo. Cadet Korbin Smith

Seventy three Cadets graduated during the Commencement Ceremony for Class 36, Montana Youth Challenge Academy, which was held on Saturday, June 17, on the campus of the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, Mont. Cadet Korbin Smith of Laurel was among the graduates.
According to staff, Smith turned in an impressive performance during the Residential Phase which, among other things, landed him in the Cadet Leadership position of Company Executive Officer (the second highest leadership position among the Cadet Corps). Smith attained the highest phase level a Cadet can hold, which is Senior Cadet. He also successfully completed and was awarded the HiSET diploma before graduating. Smith excelled in the physical fitness arena as well, earning both Iron Cadet status as well as the National Physical Fitness Award.
During the graduation ceremony, Cadet Smith was presented with the Service to Community Award for the most significant contribution toward service projects. Following graduation, Cadet Smith plans to enter an Apprenticeship at American Plumbing. His volunteer Mentor is Ryan Braaton who will continue to maintain contact with him during the next 12 months while providing additional guidance and support.
MYCA is a two-phase, academic-based program located in Dillon, Mont. on the campus of the University of Montana-Western. The Academy’s focus, is to assist youth, ages 16-18, by helping them to develop the academic and life skills necessary to be successful. Following graduation from the Residential Phase, students enter a 12-month Post Residential Phase in which they maintain on-going contact with a volunteer Mentor in their community who provides additional support. MYCA is cost-free to families and conducts two sessions each year with the next session beginning on July 18.

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