Columbia Community Partner

Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run Series showing our community love!

Supporting the community that surrounds each quarry is a key part of the mission for the Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run Series. In 2019, we’re excited to partner with South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

Vulcan Materials Company presented proceeds from Quarry Crusher Run Columbia 2019 in the amount of $30,039.80, to community partner South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

Pictured left to right: LaToya Reed, Director of S.C Youth Challenge Academy; Carol Landrum, Manager of Community & Government Relations Vulcan Materials Company Southeast Division; Maj. Gen. R. Van McCarty, Adjutant General of South Carolina; Cameron Walker, District Operations Manager Vulcan Materials Company


Pictured left to right: Cadet Gill-McNeil, Commandant Michael Rice, Director LaToya Reed, Germaine Middleton-Rasberry, Carol Landrum, Adjutant General Van McCarty, Cameron Walker, Cadet Xavier Rudolph, Deputy Director Derrek Pugh

SC Youth Challenge Academy

Helping teens graduate and soar

South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy works with youth ages of 16 to18 to create and reach their education and career goals. The academy welcomes two new classes of students each year, in January and July. Courses are delivered over a seventeen-month program through collaboration with the South Carolina National Guard, giving the academy access to both staff and facilities at Ft. Jackson in Columbia.

Each academy student completes the program into two phases. It starts with the five-month Residential Phase which includes a two-week acclimation period to help students adjust to the rigors and discipline of the program. Eight core components are studied during this first phase:

  • academic excellence
  • life-coping skills
  • job skills
  • health and hygiene
  • responsible citizenship
  • service to community
  • leadership/followership
  • physical fitness

During the Post-Residential Phase, students pursue academic and vocational goals with the guidance of mentors in their home communities. The mentor helps the student find opportunities and succeed by assisting with career plans and decision making.

If you know a teen who might benefit from this program or want to learn how you can help, visit the South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy website.