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The Challenge Center gets $55,000 from Chase Bank to continue the the vital vocational training they provide for underprivileged and high-risk youth.
The Challenge Program's headquarters on the banks of the Christina River serves as place for at-risk teens to build things they never thought they could.
Their latest project? Reconstruction of an 1889 Jackson & Sharp train car.
Desmond Elliott: "It's taken some time, but it's coming together pretty nice."
Elliott always dreamed of building something like this.
Elliott: "As a kid, I've always wanted to work in a wood shop. So when I'm building stuff like this, it's really exciting."
18-year-old Carlos Velez says it's been hard work.
Carlos Velez: "It's been great, you know what I mean? We've done every by hand, every single thing by hand. we've done the window post; all the flooring was done by hand a couple weeks ago so it's a really good project to keep a tab on."
They've even built tabletops for restaurants like Talula's Garden in Philadelphia
19-year-old Andre Harley from Wilmington says the Challenge Center steered him down a new path.
Andre Harley: "The neighborhood I came from was known as a drug known area, so I'm not going to say I would've probably been involved with that, but I probably would've been sitting around being a low life, really."
Velez says the Challenge Center challenges you to change your life.
Velez: "The Challenge Program is probably the the best place I've ever come to in my life. I love it here, and I will come visit every single time I can, and I love this Challenge Program."
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