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The Indiana National Guard’s statewide presence offers us the opportunity to play a vital role in helping educate our youth. We develop and participate in programs that assist young people in becoming productive members of society. These programs also provide an essential tie to the communities where our soldiers, airmen and civilian employees live and work.

There are 40 Youth Challenge Academies in the country that give high-school-age youth who are not on a disciplined path another chance to change the outcome of their current life situation and to graduate from high school.

Participant Requirements

  • 16-18 years old
  • Volunteer to come to HYCA
  • High school dropout, expellee, or deficient in credits
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Drug free
  • No felony convictions or pending court cases

For additional information and to see if your child qualifies, please visit the HYCA webpage on the state of Indiana Adjutant General's Office website: https://www.in.gov/ago/hyca/.

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About the Academy

Indiana’s Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy, established in 2007, is located in Knightstown. The academy offers military-based training to unemployed/underemployed, crime-free and drug-free high-school dropouts 16-18 years of age. HYCA trains and mentors these youth to develop the values, skills, education and self-discipline to become successful young adults. The free program is a 17.5 month commitment, including an in-depth screening process, two-week acclimation phase, five-month residential phase and a yearlong post-residential mentorship phase to help graduates with career and life goal achievements. For eligibility requirements and more information, please visit the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy website.


Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy
10892 North State Road 140
Knightstown, IN 46148

  • Phone: 765-345-1000
  • Toll Free: 877-860-0003
  • Fax: 765-345-1002