Boot Camp Program Continues To Be A Success - Part 2

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

We continue our look at Kentucky’s Cadet Leadership and Education Program through the eyes of a Perry County teen who says he doesn't want to come home.

15-year-old Vaughn Brock's gotten used to waking up a 5:30am each morning, making his bed and organizing his closet before class. It's a far cry from the two years he spent smoking marijuana and falling behind in school.

“In residential, in my opinion, you're sort of shielded from a lot of things that you have to deal with in everyday life,” says Chris Banks, Youth Service Program Supervisor.

That's why counselors check in frequently with CLEP graduates in the four months after they leave the program, to offer support in saying no to the mistakes of their past, using the skills they learned here.

Some return to camp temporarily if their old environments prove too tough to handle.

It's worked for the majority of 700 boys who've already come through here, but Brock worries he won't make the cut.

When asked “What's the best case scenario when you leave here?” Brock says, “Getting out of Perry County. I have to. I worry if I go back to Perry County. I'll fail.”

Vaughn says if he can't get into vocational school, he's afraid he'll fall back in with the same crowd and start using again.

“It's hard seeing a kid that wants to do well for himself, but just doesn't have everything another kid might have as far as resources,” says Banks.

“I want to do good, but it's hard to do it in a place like that,” says Brock.

Vaughn hopes the understanding and support from the staff will help his new attitude of personal responsibility stick.

Vaughn Brock is set to graduate from Clep in October and says he hopes to live with family in Jackson County.

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  • by ahiufsjdf Location: kentucky. on Jul 24, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    wow,i went to grade school with him. i think its really great hes trying to clean up. god bless.
  • by Dana Location: London on Jul 24, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    This is a great thing for troubled teens, I wish they had one for girls and boys and in every county.
  • by Bill on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    Brain washed,with propaganda.Poor boy.
  • by zack Location: lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:01 PM
    I was a trouble teen and I turned my life around. I'm glad to see that there are teens willing to do this for themselfs. I have to say a BIG thinks to my mom. My mom was a single mom who tryed to show me right from wrong but I wasnt willing to listen. Now I'm a firefighter and it feels good to have people looking up to me instead of down on me. If I could be given the chance I would love to travle and talk with kids,teen on how much better life can be. I say this a lot YOU MUST HELP YOUR SELF BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE CAN HELP YOU!!! Vaughn man no matter were you go in life there is going to be the wrong kind of people there. Vaughn all I can really say to you is be strong and keep your head high,It will be hard but you must do it your self. Find new friends and when old ones come around let them know you still love them but until they get help and change you will no longer hang with them. I'm proud of you all keep it up and stay strong. If anyone would like to talk with get a hold of 27 news
  • by Dalbert on Jul 23, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    !!!PROPAGANDA!!! "101"
  • by Sheila Location: Richmond on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    I wished there was a boot camp in every county so we could send all the troubled teens there to get them straightened out before they end up in prison or dead.
  • by Me Location: Richmond on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    It's good to hear that there are kids out there wanting to turn their lives around and do better for themselves. I think every kid that gets in trouble with the law and gets arrested it should be mandatory for them to attend a book camp for 6 months or longer if needed. Vaughn will turn out fine if he stays on the right path.


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