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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy Admissions Process Now Open for Cycle #50

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) admissions process is now open for the academy’s next class, Cycle #50, which begins on January 14, 2024.

To begin the application process, interested youth and parents can visit the admissions page here, Admissions Process. In-person information sessions, a mandatory part of the application process, are listed on the MYCA events page. 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 15 1/2-18 years old and are at risk of not graduating high school. 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. Visit the Michigan Job Challenge Program for more information.