Cadets participate in service project.
Cadets from the Montana Youth Challenge Academy participated in a Service to Community project at the Helena Industries Thrift Store on Friday, Nov. 4. MYCA Cadets participate in numerous service projects statewide that teaches them to give back to their communities as well as increase public awareness of the Youth Challenge mission. During this service project, the cadets assisted thrift store staff by accepting and sorting donated goods, organizing and pricing items and cleaning the store.
The MYCA was established in September 1999 and is a two-phase, academic-based program located in Dillon on the campus of the University of Montana-Western. The academy’s focus, is to assist youth, ages 16-18, by helping them to develop the academic and life skills necessary to be successful.
MYCA is funded 75 percent by the federal government and 25 percent by the state of Montana. It is virtually cost-free to participants and their families. During the 22-week residential phase, academy participants focus on eight core components that include physical fitness, academic excellence, leadership-followership, responsible citizenship, service to community, life-coping skills, job skills and health and hygiene. Following graduation from the residential phase, students enter a 12-month post residential phase in which they maintain on-going contact with a volunteer mentor in their community who provides additional support.