The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy (HYCA)
Cadets of Class 10 of the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Knightstown, Ind., turn their tassels, signaling their status as graduates. These young men and women representing every corner of Indiana, voluntarily entered the program, making a big decision to be accountable for themselves in determining their own futures. The keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, June 16, 2012, was Connie Lawson, Secretary of State of Indiana. Photo by Staff Sgt. Les Newport, Indiana National Guard
Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy
10892 North State Road 140
Knightstown, IN 46148
Toll Free: 877-860-0003
The Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a community-based residential program for at-risk youth of Indiana between the ages of 16-19, who are struggling academically.
For more information and to see if your child qualifies, please visit the Academy Web site
at http://www.ngycp.org/in. Visit the Foundation which supports the Academy if you are interested in finding out more about its work or making a donation.
Available for download are informational brochures on the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy, the national Youth Program, and the National Guard Youth Foundation. These are large files and may take a moment to download.
If someone you know can use this program do not hesitate to contact the NCOIC at (812)725-2745.
Additionally the academy has opportunities for those individuals wishing to serve as mentors for the Program. We are in need of mentors for those candidates whom do not have that strong individual to look up to and would like to provide them with a positive role model to assist them in their change toward being a productive citizen. If you are interested in becoming that individual who can make a change in a young adult's future, please contact the NCOIC.
See "Related News" in the right column for recent stories and videos about the Academy and its cadets. The March 2011 Indiana Guardsman magazine features the Academy's move to it's new location at the historic Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home in Knightstown, Ind. Articles include the history of the facility and the speech of the president of the 7th graduating class (December 2010.) See the photo essay from that graduation as well as the December 2011 graduation of the 9th class. Featured photos of Family and Mentor events, the HYCA Pre-ChalleNGe Phase, and many others are included in our rotating photo galleries on the home page.
December 2011 saw the Academy facility being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. View an information page and historic photos.
An introduction to the Academy