Washington Youth Academy

New Class 

Accepting Applications NOW for the July 18, 2020 class.

Operations Suspended

We regretfully announce that we are suspending operations of Class 20-1. For us, we’re not considering this a closure, but a suspension of operations until we’re confident we can provide a clean, healthy environment for our cadets and staff. 

If we are unable to find a way to help cadets complete the required training to be considered Youth ChalleNGe graduates, we will offer them first choice for the July 2020 or January 2021 class cycles. With the information we have right now, there is no way to answer questions about when any return may be possible. 

We have stayed open longer than schools based on guidance from local health officials. But as the positive cases in the state and surrounding communities has risen, our ability to mitigate the risk of exposure has reached a threshold we can no longer accept. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

What we do

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. 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.



Please monitor our website for further updates. Information on our virtual open house experience.

Who we are

The Washington Youth 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 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). 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 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. 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.

Now accepting applications for the July. 18, 2020 class. Cycle 20-2. Application Deadline: June 6, 2020. Applications received before June 6, 2020 will be given priority consideration. Applications received after June 6 will be considered as space allows. All applications that are received after the class is filled will be considered for the January 16, 2020 class.

Learn about other states' Youth ChalleNGe programs 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.  Learn more online http://www.wyafoundation.org/

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