2013-06-27 / Community

Academy seeks troubled youth

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy is currently seeking applications from young people ages 16-18 throughout the state of Michigan who are struggling in the traditional high school environment, but recognize the need to get their lives back on track.

The Academy is a voluntary, 22- week residential school designed to provide an alternative education for high school drop outs and atrisk youth in a regimented, valuesbased environment. The program focuses on helping each student achieve a GED or high school credit, achieve job readiness, improve their life skills, develop positive self-esteem, and enhance their opportunities for continued education or full-time employment following graduation.

In addition to over 900 hours of classroom instruction, youth receive training and mentoring in leadership/followership and lifeskills development, teamwork and self-discipline, as well as physical and vocational training designed to better prepare them for the workforce.

In addition, the students perform over 40 hours of service to community and can earn 15 hours of college credit through Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

To date, over 100,000 students have graduated from the program.

For further information, or to obtain an application, visit www.ngycp.org/mi or contact Jimmie Jones at (989) 205-7352 or jonesj18@michigan.gov.

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