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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy Information Sessions Now Open for Next Class

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) is hosting information sessions for interested youth and parents to learn more about enrolling in the academy’s next class, Cycle #49, to begin on July 16, 2023.

Information sessions are a mandatory first step in the application process and are listed on the MYCA events page. There are options for in-person or virtual sessions and each event includes a registration link.

For more information:

  • Area codes 231, 269, 517, 616 and 906 - contact Joan Miller at 269-968-1368
  • Area codes 248, 313, 586, 734, 810 and 989 - contact Frank Vasquez at 269-968-1397

The MYCA is a cost-free alternative education program which offers at-risk youth the opportunity to change their future. As part of the curriculum, cadets participate in drill and ceremony formations, meet physical fitness standards, perform community service and receive classroom instruction. Candidates for the academy are 16-18 years old and are at risk of not graduating high school. Because of the voluntary nature of the program, applicants cannot be mandated to attend by parents or the justice system and there is no requirement for military obligation. Graduates of the MYCA are eligible for the Michigan Job Challenge Program, an extension program of the MYCA, which teaches workplace essentials, provides opportunities to learn a skilled trade and assists with job placement.

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