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Resources for Youth Under Age 16

Directory of County Mental Health Programs – They may have resource ideas and sometimes work on a sliding scale for income.


Michigan Residential Treatment Programs – Members of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families with residential treatment programs are linked on the Michigan Federation website.


MidCourse Correction – This organization runs weekend bootcamps for ages 6-17. MidCourse is not affiliated with the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, and there is an associated cost, but is presented as an option for those with younger-aged youth.


Young Marines - The Young Marines is a national youth program for boys and girls, ages 8 through high school, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. There are several units located throughout the state of Michigan. There may be a cost associated with participation, inquire with the unit in your area.


The Naval Sea Cadet Corps – The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is a youth leadership development program sponsored by the U.S. Navy, with the mission to build leaders of character. They offer young adults aged 10-17 hands-on and experiential training in partnership with the navy and its sister services, to instill the highest ideals of honor, respect, commitment and service. There is a cost associated with participation, however there may be scholarship funds available.


Michigan PMTO - Parent Management Training - Oregon model (PMTO™) is an evidence-based structured intervention to help parents and caregivers manage the behavior of their children. The PMTO method is designed to promote prosocial skills and cooperation and to prevent, reduce and reverse the development and maintenance of mild to moderate to severe conduct problems in children aged 4 - 18. PMTO empowers parents as primary treatment agents to promote and sustain positive change in families.


Empowering Parents – This is one of the closest things to a “user manual for parents” that we’ve seen. Some materials are free, some have a cost. This organization is not affiliated with the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy but is presented as a potential option for parents with younger-aged youth.


You may also contact your local juvenile probation department and/or sheriff department for suggestions of resources in your area. If your young adult is still struggling when they reach the age of approximately 15-1/2, please contact us to begin the application process.