In today's educational system, at-risk and disruptive youth are marginalized so others may meet test standards. They lack the opportunity for hope at home or at school. The Junior Leadership Academy of the White Mountains identifies such youth for an intensive, two-week summer program to teach basic skills so they can begin to climb out of this hopelessness. Using team-building techniques to develop a strong peer support group, caring adults instructors show youth another path for the future. Exposure to things they've never seen or envisioned engages their thought and inspiration process. Immediate application of newly learned skills encourages change. Evidence based outcomes prove these changes to be lasting. They are measured in follow up school successes, such as reduction in tardiness, absences, referrals to the office and academics improvement. Responses from family members & school administrators show some startling changes. Not every child is a success story but 75% show positive onward outcomes. Those who demonstrate remarkable leadership are invited back in following years as peer leaders, rewarded with a small stipend for their efforts.