Boot Camp Helps Teens Turn Lives Around

By: Jennifer Rogers
By: Jennifer Rogers

A couple of weeks ago we told you about a group of troubled Nevada teens sent to a military style bootcamp in Arizona.

Last night the kids flew home to spend a couple days with their loved ones for Thanksgiving.

And tonight I introduces you to a teen who is changing his life in today's special series about "Kids You Should Know."

For the past four-and-a-half months Chris White has been living in Arizona at a military-based program called Project Challenge.

The challenge for Chris and nine other Nevada teens is to get their lives back on track.

Chris ended up in the program after having problems at home and at school. His parents Russell White and Lori Petterson say they have already seen an improvement.

Russell White\Carson City Resident]

"He's grown up a lot," says dad Russell White. "His life experiences are admirable."

Says mom Lori Petterson: "He was a day-to-day kid as far as aspirations in life. Now, he's looking for a future."

A future he hopes to find in computers once he gets his G.E.D. But, for now he's just happy to be with his family again.

"We are going to have a get together with the family say hi and get a tree for Christmas," Chris says.

Things that many people take for granted have become the reason the White family is thankful this Thanksgiving.

The teens are heading back to Arizona on Sunday. They graduate December 13th.

If you'd like more information on Project Challenge or how you can help the sponsor the program go to our web site at KOLOTV.COM.

Contacts Sgt. Mjr Callanan 885-8201 or 887-7357

If you want to donate money so the kids can go to college there is an account set up at Bank of America for the Friends of Project Challenge AC#004961607014.


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