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Hoosier Youth Challenge 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 at-risk youth who have not graduated from high school 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.*

Upcoming Events

Last call for enrollment into Class 30!!! Class starts on January 15, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 virus impacts on education, we are expecting a larger-than-normal application volume for the next class. We recommend completing your application now, so that you can be considered for admissions.

To speak to one of our recruiters, please contact:

Heather Rutkowski: Northwest Recruiter @ 317-331-6573 or heather.rutkowski@hoosieryouth.org

Jeff Diemer: Northeast Recruiter @ 463-202-3535 or  jeff.diemer@hoosieryouth.org

David Endris: Southern Recruiter @  317-331-6979 or david.endris@hoosieryouth.org


To: Parents and Guardians of Class 30

Class 30 begins on Saturday, January 15th 2022.  If you have not received an acceptance letter you should receive one in the next few days. You will be contacted by a HYCA Staff member with your scheduled arrival time.  Please remember these are tentative times we have scheduled for you to arrive on campus and begin your In-Processing.

If you are missing documentation please send it in to the recruiters or the HYCA Admission Department to assist us in finalizing your applicant’s packet.   In addition, please ensure all of the items listed on the Packing List provided by your recruiter.  Please bring ONLY the items that are listed on the Packing List.

I will also be conducting a parents briefing at the Academy Chapel while your child is being in processed.    Briefing times will correspond with the scheduled arrival times. It is important that you attend the parents briefing prior to you departing the Academy on January 15th.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Admissions Department at 765-345-1019. Again,  look forward to seeing you on 15 January 2022.


Troy Joslin

Colonel (Retired), Director

Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy