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Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy looks for new candidates

Dec. 23, 2019 | By Webmaster

December 19, 2019 - Courtesy story by Michigan Youth Challenge Academy

Do you know a teenager that might not earn their high school diploma?  Do you have a son or daughter, niece or nephew, or neighbor who is struggling to succeed in the traditional high school setting? There is a free resource right here in Michigan that can help young people get back on track.

Every six months the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) welcomes 150 candidates from across the state to its free-of-cost, 22-week, residential program.  The program applies the military model to alternative education, giving young people the chance to reclaim their future.

MYCA offers at-risk youth a chance to take control of their future by providing life skills, educational opportunities and job preparation. Cadets may earn a high school diploma, GED, or recover credits over the 22-week residential phase, as well as develop leadership and life coping skills, physical fitness and civic responsibility. The MYCA is a program of the National Guard; however, there is no obligation to enter military service.

Qualified candidates to the MYCA are between the ages of 16 and 18, Michigan residents, and at risk of not graduating high school.  All candidates must voluntarily apply to the program.

MYCA is currently hosting informational orientations across the state for those seeking enrollment in Cycle 42, which begins January 19, 2020.  For more information, or to schedule an orientation, please call the admissions department at 269-968-1294 or visit

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