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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.

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What does the Washington Youth Academy do?
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What does the Washington Youth Academy do?

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 a quick look at what the academy in Bremerton has to offer.

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How the Youth Academy changed this cadet's life
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How the Youth Academy changed this cadet's life

Cadet Danielle Drake of Bellingham talks about how the Youth Academy shaped her future and gave her a second chance. She graduated on Dec. 20, 2014.

“I hated every minute of training, but one thing I always told myself was ‘Don’t quit and live the rest of your life as a champion,’” she said. “… We have lived an unforgettable life-changing event that has made us stronger mentally and physically.”

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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 says he was 'petrified' but was given the 'tools to deal with the good and the bad.'
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Cadet says he was 'petrified' but was given the 'tools to deal with the good and the bad.'

Testimony from Cadet Cody Jones at his graduation ceremony in 2009.

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