YOUR PATH TO A BETTER YOU

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Discovery Youth Academy National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.
Go to HOW TO BECOME A CADET

HOW TO BECOME A CADET

Go to ATTEND AN ORIENTATION

ATTEND AN ORIENTATION

Go to COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION

COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION

Go to UPLOAD MISSING DOCUMENTS

UPLOAD MISSING DOCUMENTS

The Discovery ChalleNGe Academy Saves Lives!

THE FIRST STEP TO ENROLL INTO DISCOVERY IS TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR ORIENTATIONS.

THE FACTS

Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That's a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 33% of high school seniors fail to graduate from high school on time.
Change Starts by taking the first step

The vision of the Discovery ChalleNGe Academy (DCA) is to be recognized as the leading alternative educational program for High School dropouts. DCA will meet the unique needs of its Cadets and assist them in making a successful transition to adulthood by fostering and perpetuating the Eight Core Components of ChalleNGe. Through mentoring and education, our graduates will be provided the life skills to be successful in their future endeavors.

The Discovery Challenge Academy is a residential program that incorporates a highly structured quasi-military format emphasizing self-discipline, personal responsibility and positive motivation. Students, who are referred to as cadets while at the Academy, must meet military grooming standards, wear military type uniforms and observe standard military customs and courtesies. Each class involves a three-phase program that begins with a two-week "acclimation phase" where the goal is to identify those students that have the desire and discipline to complete the program. Students who successfully complete the acclimation phase enter the 20-week "challenge phase" where the emphasis is on the “Eight Core Component” curriculum. Cadets must show improvement in each component. We are NOT a Boot Camp. We are a reformative residential program. Get caught up on your High School Credits, Earn your High School Diploma and become who you were always supposed to be. Whether you are homeless, using drugs, had trouble with the law, dropped out of school, etc...We don't care. We are here to help. As long as you are willing to make a change, we can help you.

ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE?

Do you have questions? We've got answers!