Congratulations to Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, which has been selected as the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Oahu District’s First Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions!

Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy’s route for the Adopt-A-Highway program is on Roosevelt Avenue in Ewa, from Fort Barrett Road to Geiger Road.

“Each of our cadets at the Youth Challenge Academy is required to do 100 hours of community service during the five months they are in the program,” said Edward Wolf, Operations Chief for the academy. “Adopt-A-Highway is a great program because it allows the cadets to fulfill their community service requirements, but is also helps them to appreciate the idea of giving back to the community. It’s definitely a way to get them thinking about the importance of being a good citizen.”

The Youth Challenge Program is operated by the National Guard, and aims to reclaim the lives of at-risk 16-to-18 year old high school dropouts, and instill in them the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

Adopt-A-Highway gets the cadets thinking about the importance of being a good citizen.”

Wolf said most of the trash they pick up is what you’d expect – cups and bottles, paper, and food wrappers. But he said the important thing is that the cadets in the academy are getting valuable life lessons, which will hopefully keep them out of trouble in the future.

A big mahalo to the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy for helping to prevent trash from entering our storm drains and polluting our waters. We are proud to recognize your team as the First Quarter 2015 Adopt-A-Highway Champions!

Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy