Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy

Our next class starts on July 16, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 virus impacts on education, we are expecting a larger-than-normal application volume for the next class. We recommend completing your application now, so that you can be considered for admissions.

Accepting applications NOW.


The mission of the Washington Youth ChalleNGe 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 ChalleNGe 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. This is a FREE Life Intervention, Credit Recovery Program and, for half a year, requires the cadet to live in housing we provide in Bremerton, Wash., but any resident of Washington state can attend.

Limited visitors on campus, by invitation ONLY.


The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a 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 ChalleNGe 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.


Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). Credits are approved by OSPI and taught by certificated teachers. The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.

The WYCA 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.

Anyone from the state of Washington who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, permanent resident alien or green card holder may apply.

The facility's address is 1207 Carver Street, Bremerton, WA 98312. Due to COVID-19, we are currently closed to visitors.

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 cadets and operates a family and friends support group, among other services. Learn more online http://www.wyafoundation.org/

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