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Teenagers from Johnson, Bartholomew County complete the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy

Teenagers from Johnson, Bartholomew County complete the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy

Courtesy of the Indiana National Guard FB page

INDIANAPOLIS – Seventy-five young people from 32 counties recently graduated from Class 34 of the Indiana Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy (HYCA) in Knightstown. Founded in 2007, the academy has graduated 2,600 students across the state.

The class of 2024 included three students from Johnson County and one from Bartholomew County.

Maj. Gen. Dale Lyles, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, said, “The lifelong lessons of discipline and determination that students learn at the academy, combined with the credentials that demonstrate their skills and knowledge, are a powerful combination. ”

HYCA provides military training to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 18, who have not yet graduated from high school. The Indiana National Guard’s free program is not used for recruiting. HYCA trains and mentors teens to develop the values, skills, education and self-discipline to become successful young adults.

The 2024 graduates have experienced a two-week acclimatization phase, a five-month residential phase, engaged in community service, and are now participating in a year-long post-residential mentorship phase to help them achieve their career and life goals reaches.

The local young people who graduated from HYCA were:

  • Dayton Asbury (Johnson County)
  • Jordan Campbell (Johnson County)
  • Alayna Hohlstein (Johnson County)
  • Corey Stepper (Bartholomew County)