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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy

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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy

Michigan Youth Challenge Academy

Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Free Program for Youth Ages 16 Through 18

The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy has helped thousands of “at-promise” young adults get back on track and see their full potential since 1999.

The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy offers at-risk males and females ages 16 through 18 an opportunity to graduate high school and realize positive life changes through an intensive five and a half month residential and 12-month post-residential program. In addition to academics, many other areas are developed, including leadership and followership, job skills, physical fitness, life coping skills, service to community and more, in a military-like and structured environment without distractions. The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy is a program of the National Guard and is FREE to parents. There is no obligation for youth to enter the military upon completion.