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At-risk teens graduate from Pueblo's Youth Development Boot Camp

Posted at 4:56 AM, Jul 26, 2019

PUEBLO — A group of teenagers have paid for their crimes as they graduate from an intense program News5 first told you about last week.

Pueblo's Youth Development Boot Camp is a six week long program hosted by Pueblo's Municipal court to help get these at-risk teenagers back on track before they make choices that could drastically lead to a negative impact on their lives.

The 20 teens who graduated Thursday went physical training and different classes on responsibility. The camp is designed for 12- to 15-year-olds who commit crimes like illegal marijuana possession or fighting.

Judge Carla Sikes says the camp is meant to teach the kids integrity and character so they make good choices.

One of the teens News5 spoke with after the graduation event told us, "I had a lot of stress when I first came in here. I was messing up a lot. I am just glad I graduated and changed."

His next step is staying on track and an interest in joining the US Marine Corps.