Nofs helps secure funding for MI Youth Challenge

LANSING—Legislation that provides an additional $100,000 to the Youth Challenge Program in Battle Creek has been approved by the state Senate, said Sen. Mike Nofs.

Senate amendments to House Bill 4860, which makes supplemental appropriations for Michigan’s School Aid budget, provide the much-needed funding.

Nofs has worked closely with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Jelinek, R-Three Oaks, since coming to the Senate last year to try and identify specific funding in the budget that could be used for this successful program.

"I am pleased that, despite a very tight budget, we were able to identify additional funding to aid this exemplary program in its mission to assist at-risk youth in getting their lives and educations back on track," said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. "I want to personally thank Sen. Jelinek and his staff for helping identify these resources."

Brigadier General Roger Allen, program director of the Youth Challenge program said the additional funding is a blessing.

“We run an extremely tight ship here, so this funding will give us the opportunity to purchase some much-needed supplies and equipment for the cadets. We certainly appreciate Sen. Nofs’ work in securing this additional funding.”

The MI Youth Challenge Academy is a quasi-military, 22-week residential geared toward Michigan’s at-risk youth, ages 16-19, who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out.

The bill was returned to the state House for concurrence.