Seventeen teenagers performed drills, chants and poems as part of their graduation from the Pastor D.L. Forbes Youth Foundation's Summer Leadership Academy Thursday night at N.C. Central University.
Started by Durham police Lt. Winslow Forbes in 2002, the foundation uses Christian teachings and military rank and structure to turn around at-risk youth, but even those who aren't in trouble may enroll.
The cadets spend the first two weeks at Camp Butner learning military drills while waking up at 4:30 a.m. The next four weeks are spent living at NCCU, where the focus centers around academics, Bible study and more drills.
Thursday's graduation was the organization's sixth. The foundation is working on building its own facility in Henderson, where they can have more than one academy a year and take in kids from across the country.