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There are only a few times in life when you get a second chance.
The Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy is one of them.

Cadet Requirements

To participate, candidates must:

  • Be 16-18 years old
  • Be at-risk youth who have not graduated from high school, who were expelled, or who are deficient in high-school credits
  • Be drug free
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Have no felony convictions or pending court cases
  • Volunteer to come to HYCA

There is NO MILITARY OBLIGATION for those who participate.

  • In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. Mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    2. Fax:
      (202) 690-7442;
    3. Email:
      program.intake@usda.gov

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

  • Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

    1. correo:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    2. fax:
      (202) 690-7442;
    3. correo electrónico:
      program.intake@usda.gov.

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Becoming a Cadet

Complete and submit the full Cadet Application. Once the Academy has received your application, we will contact you. The initial call is very important, so if you receive a message from the Academy, be sure to return it as soon as possible. During this initial call, we will confirm receipt of your application, complete an application review and schedule you for Orientation. Your application will be reviewed by Academy staff to assess your eligibility. Be sure that any additional information you are asked to supply the Academy is returned within the designated timeframe. If any problems arise, contact your Admissions Counselor immediately.

Mentor Applications can be submitted separately from the Cadet Application, but must be received no later than Opening Day. It is imperative that you take time to find an appropriate volunteer who will be a good role model for you. Mentors must meet Academy guidelines.

Attend your scheduled Orientation at Knightstown. Attendance of the Applicant and Parent/Legal Guardian is a requirement in the application process, but does not mean you have been accepted into the program. The date you are given is very important; please do your best to attend on this day. If scheduling conflicts arrive call the Academy immediately.

At Orientation, you will be given a lot of information to assist you in deciding whether or not you are truly committed to attending and completing the program. You will receive a briefing about the program and what to expect, your uniform measurements will be obtained, Academy staff will review your application material, you tour the HYCA campus, and you will participate in acclimation assessments and a personal interview. At the end of the day, you will know what information the Academy still needs to process your application. Only files that are complete are eligible to be considered for acceptance into the next class.

You will be notified by mail of acceptance or denial into the program approximately one month prior to the HYCA Class start date. Acceptance information will not be given out over the phone; please do not call the Academy unless you have not received a letter two weeks prior to the start date.

  1. Read through your packet very carefully and take all necessary steps.
  2. Begin working on ways to become a successful Candidate -- the more prepared you are the more successful you are likely to be.
  3. Report on Opening Day. Please be sure to arrive on time. Opening Day is for the Candidate and Parents/Legal Guardian only. Space is limited. Avoid bringing additional family and/or friends. Families will move through a series of stations to make sure the Academy and the Candidate have everything they need.
  4. Participate in Acclimation. Acclimation is the first two weeks of the Academy and can be very stressful. You will learn the structure and routine of the Academy while working on overcoming homesickness. Acclimation is your time to show the Academy you are committed to the program and you have what it takes to make it to Graduation.

Candidate Packing Lists

Each candidate will be required to download and follow a Candidate Packing List, which details the minimum required clothing and personal items allowed for the Residential Phase of the program. There will be an inspection of these items during In-Processing, and any unauthorized items will be placed in storage and returned at Home Pass. These standards are very important to the Academy. The intent of this policy is to follow the quasi-military atmosphere, which emphasizes strict rules of conduct and etiquette, and promotes a culture of cohesion and belonging.

Female Candidate Packing List (PDF)

Male Candidate Packing List (PDF)

  • USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

    Fax:
    (202) 690-7442

    Email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

  • USDA Declaración de No Discrimination

    Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: usda.gov. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

    correo:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

    fax:
    (202) 690-7442;

    correo electrónico:
    program.intake@usda.gov

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.