About Us

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The Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) opened its doors September 1, 1999. We are currently in our 41st class, and commencement is scheduled for December 21, 2019! We now have 3,090 MYCA graduates to date and are looking forward to many many more walking across the stage!!

We are a hundred-bed Academy and currently have over 50 staff members. Our Academy is one of 40 Youth Challenge programs in 28 states, to include Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Each program caters to that state's at-risk youth.

MYCA is sponsored by the National Guard and the State of Montana. That is why there is no cost to you.

The first 11 days are known as our Acclimation Phase, and is held in Dillon, MT. We then transition into our Residential Phase for the next 5 months. This takes place on the campus of the University of Montana - Western, in Dillon, Montana.

The final phase of our Academy is crucial, and is the backbone of ChalleNGe. This is our Post Residential (Mentoring) Phase. The Post Residential (PR) Phase runs for one full year, beginning two months prior to graduation from the Residential Phase.

To find out if you qualify please Apply Now.

Photo Courtesy of Candice Arrowood