Idaho Youth Challenge Academy seeks students

Representatives from the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy will host an information session on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Rd., Boise (Behind Elks Rehab Hospital).

The information sessions are designed to inform prospective students, parents, and educators about the opportunities available at the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy.

The mission of the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of disengaged youth (ages 16-18) through education and mentoring, empowering youth to improve their academic level and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of Idaho and the United States.

The Academy is part of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP) national community. IDYCA is a state-run Academy with a 5 1/2 month residential and 12 month post-residential phase for 16-18 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. There are currently 35 Youth Challenge programs operating in 29 states and Puerto Rico. The program isFREE for students residing in Idaho. IDYCA will hold two classes a year, starting in January and July.

Students who graduate from the 22-week residential program will have the opportunity to earn credits toward their high school diploma.  The rigorous program focuses on academic excellence, responsible citizenship, leadership followership, job skills, life coping skills, service to community, health & hygiene, and physical fitness.  The resident phase transitions into a 12 month post-residential/mentoring phase where students will meet with a mentor each week.

Opportunities will be available to meet program staff and to submit a pre-application for youth interested in attending the first class. The first class beginsJanuary 18, 2014 in Pierce, ID.

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