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Idaho Youth Challenge Academy hires director

Derek Newland will be the first director of the new Idaho Youth Challenge Academy.

The program, which will serve people from 16 to 18 years old, gives high school dropouts a second chance to earn their high school diploma or GED certificate.

Newland has experience in the military and working with young people. He previously flew in the Idaho Air National Guard and taught new military pilots how to fly several types of aircraft. He was a senior manager as one of the 124th Fighter Wing’s commanders and recently retired from his military career as comptroller and chief financial officer for the Idaho Air National Guard. During his free time, he has spent more than 18 years coaching and mentoring boys and girls through the Boise Noon Optimist football program.

Newland earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Boise State University in 1981.

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