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Youth Academy hosts information sessions in Vancouver and Longview


Cadet Martinez stands with a smile in front of her bunks at the Washington Youth Academy in early March.

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Bergmann
Phone: (360) 473-2615 or 1-877-228-8947


Youth Academy hosts information sessions in Vancouver and Longview

BREMERTON, WA -- Representatives from the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) will host information sessions next week at Vancouver and Longview area high schools to educate students and families about the benefits and opportunities of the program.

Information sessions are scheduled for the following times and locations:

Monday, March 30

10 a.m. Hudson's Bay High School
11:45 a.m. Mountain View High School
1 p.m. Columbia River High School
2:30 p.m. Camas High School

Tuesday, March 31

8:30 a.m. Leiser School
10 a.m. Mark Morris High School
11:30 a.m. RA Long High School

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 level and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington.

The Washington Youth Academy is part of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.  Established under the authority of both federal (1993) and Washington State law (2007), the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential program for 16-18 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of not graduating on time due to credit deficiency or other risk factors. The WYA is located in Bremerton and has graduated more than 1,300 students since its first class on Jan. 25, 2009.  The program is FREE for students residing in Washington State.

Students who graduate from the 22-week residential program typically earn between 6-8 credits toward their high school diploma. The rigorous program focuses on academic excellence, citizenship, leadership, job skills, life coping skills, service to community, health & hygiene, and physical fitness.

The resident phase transitions into a 12-month post-residential/mentoring phase where students will meet with a mentor each week. 

Please visit the WYA's web site at: