Swag Nation celebrates the graduation of its first female class 20 young men and four young ladies graduated from the Ladies and Gentleman's Etiquette Academy Thursday. Caddo Parish School Board member Dottie Bell and Dr. Phillip Pennywell were the keynote speakers.
The former troubled youth said they're now going to behave, and do better in school. They shared with NBC 6 their lessons learned.
"I learned how to be a young lady, to respect other people that have authority over me, and not do drugs,” said Kaelye Peoples.
"Not to smoke it's not lady like," said Lakeondra Jackson.
The juvenile court mandates teens to participate in the program when they get in trouble with the law. The program received a $100,000 grant from the Caddo Parish Commission in 2014. Caddo Commissioner Michael Williams said it has a 95 percent success rate. Williams said Commissioner Stephanie Lynch has nominated the program for a National Achievement award through the National Association for County Commissioners.