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Youth Academy honored with 'Extra Mile' award

05.24.16 — Staff at the Washington Youth Academy were honored recently in Olympia with the Extra Mile Award Read More »

WYA hosts information sessions

03.08.16 — Information sessions are designed to inform prospective students, parents, and educators about the opportunities available at the Washington Youth Academy. Read More »

WYA teacher named national teacher of year

02.17.16 — Teacher at Washington Youth Academy wins national teacher of the year honors Read More »

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Washington Youth Academy

The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe, and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. The vision of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide at-risk youth a quality education, positive values, and life and job skills training that will change their lives and give them hope and opportunity for a new future.

The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.

The Washington Youth Academy is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential.

The program incorporates a highly structured format, with an emphasis on student discipline and personal responsibility to provide a positive, safe, and secure learning environment.

Putting Lives Back on Track

Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.

The WYA includes a 22-week intensive residential phase and a 52-week (one year) post-residential phase where the youth receives intense mentoring and placement follow-up. A class cycle is 154 days, including up to 7 days for home pass and placement activities for the post-residential phase. Placement activities include job search, educational appointments, vocational/technical training, a return to high school classes or full-time volunteerism.

Program activities include academics, service to community, leadership, mentoring and personal development. A number of small unit training and educational enhancement activities supplement the program including an additional 7th period in the academic program to assist individuals in need of extra assistance and limited special education services.

The facility's address is 1207 Carver Street, Bremerton, WA 98312. However, anyone from the state of Washington may apply.

Now accepting applications for 2017-1. Learn How to Apply here.

Youth Academy Foundation

The Washington Youth Academy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington, EIN 26-2771686, which solely benefits the student cadets and operates a family and friends support group, among other services. Leran more online http://www.wyafoundation.com/

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Our 4-part documentary on the Washington Youth Academy
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Our 4-part documentary on the Washington Youth Academy

The Washington Youth Academy is giving a second chance to youths who have dropped out of high school or are on their verge of dropping out. Here's what the academy in Bremerton has to offer.

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Youth Academy attracting cadets from Eastern Wash.
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Youth Academy attracting cadets from Eastern Wash.

Youth Academy is not just for those in Western Washington. KREM News in Spokane takes a special look at the impacts the program has in Eastern Washington, as well.

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Cadet offers advice on how to deal with being away from family
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Cadet offers advice on how to deal with being away from family

Cadet Brian Martinez of Vancouver turned 17 years old this week. He's a proud graduate from Class 2015-1 of the Washington Youth Academy. After graduation ceremonies, he had this advice for incoming cadets: "It was hard, especially in the beginning. You just don't want to be here in the beginning but as time passes, everything gets better."

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Cadet says she learned integrity at Youth Academy
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Cadet says she learned integrity at Youth Academy

Cadet Sgt. Santiago speaks at graduation, "I'm here because of the mistakes I made. But it takes integrity and courage to own up to them. And that's what we learned here."

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