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The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy is located at 10892 North State Road 140 in Knightstown, Indiana.

Governor Mitch Daniels and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, The Adjutant General for the State of Indiana, announced the establishment of the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in 2007. The Indiana National Guard Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy is part of the National Youth ChalleNGe Program which was established in 1993 by the National Guard and has graduated over 90,000 Cadets. The Youth ChalleNGe Program was developed to change the life path of young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of high school or are severely deficient in credits by bringing structure and discipline to these unfocused lives with an emphasis on the eight Core Components.

    • Leadership and Followership
    • Responsible Citizenship
    • Academic Excellence
    • Job Skills
    • Life Coping Skills
    • Health and Hygiene
    • Service to Community
  • Physical Fitness

Participant requirements:

    • 16-18 years old
    • Volunteer to come to HYCA
    • High school dropout, expellee, or deficient in credits
    • Unemployed or underemployed
    • Drug free
    • No felony convictions or pending court cases.
  • This academy is designed to offer its students a variety of educational opportunities as well as the necessary life skills to be successful members of their community, work and school.

The Hoosier ChalleNGe Academy is a 17 ½ month, two phase quasi-military modeled training academy. The Residential Phase consists of five and one half (5 1/2) months while the Post Residential Phase is 12 months. In the course of this academy cadets are assisted in developing academic and life skills. As well as, attaining their Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) if they qualify. Cadets are encouraged and assisted in continuing their education in a college, trade or technical school, or military environment. Each Cadet obtains additional assistance from a Mentor, who offers guidance and advice with the PRAP during the remaining 12 months. This program is offered to residents of Indiana at 100% tuition free (No cost to parents or participants).

ChalleNGe empowers youths to embrace responsibility, achievement and positive behavior. The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy program will instill confidence, foster ambition and increase employment opportunities for the graduate.

There is NO MILITARY OBLIGATION for those who participate.

There are only a few times in life when you get
a second chance.
The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy is one of them.

For more information
Please contact the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy at:
1-877-860-0003 or email recruiters@hoosieryouth.org

“The Indiana National Guard is proud to be the sponsoring agent for the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy which will assist Hoosier families and communities throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy will offer at-risk youth a chance to change their lives. The graduates of the program will move on to further education, become employed or join the military in service to their community, State and Nation” said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.

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