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APGFCU Supports Maryland National Guard Freestate ChalleNGe Academy for At-Risk Youth  

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 by APGFCU

(Aberdeen, Maryland, October 17, 2014) – The Freestate Challenge Academy (FCA) is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The FCA is a state-run 17-month residential and post-residential intervention for 16 to18 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of doing so. The voluntary program was established under the authority of both federal and state laws in 1993.

APG Federal Credit Union has supported the FCA since 1999. Earlier this year, APGFCU was acknowledged by Academy Director Charlie Rose for donating spirit awards to two deserving cadets of Class 42.

The purpose of the FCA is to provide at-risk youth with academic, job-skills and life-skills training within a structured environment that emphasizes positive values. The organization is located on the Edgewood Area of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, near Edgewood, Maryland. It serves students from around the State of Maryland and accepts applications year round.

To learn more about the Freestate Challenge Academy program or to obtain a copy of the program's calendar of events, visit

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