Michigan Youth Challenge Academy Gets Teens on Track for Success

The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy has produced its 46th class of graduates. The program is a voluntary alternative education program for Michigan 16–18-year-olds. The program helps participants work toward getting their high school diploma or GED and offers graduates participation in the Michigan Job Challenge program.

Youth in the program are involved in physical fitness, community service, classroom instruction, and drill and ceremony formations.

U.S. Army Major General Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said, “This program provides young people with vocational training and fundamental life skills necessary to be successful in life.”

Caleb Barber of Macomb County participated in the program. His mother, LaTonya Barber, said that her son was hesitant at first, but now is planning to go back next month for the job program. She said while it is hard as a parent to let your child leave for the military-style program, she knew that she was leaving him in good hands.

Barber recommends the program, saying that her son has greater confidence to navigate decision making, and she expects him to make a positive impact.

Class #47 will begin on July 17, 2022. To begin the application process, interested youth and parents are invited to attend an upcoming virtual orientation. These orientation sessions are a mandatory part of the application process. To schedule an orientation, please contact: Joan Miller at 269-968-1368 (Western Michigan and Upper Peninsula) or Frank Vasquez at 269-968-1397 (Eastern Michigan and Upper Peninsula).


Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland