Reclaiming the lives of at-risk youth, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens.

Montana Youth Challenge Academy is a residential academic intervention program on the campus of the University of Montana Western for 16-18 year old students who are at risk of high school dropout. Designed by the National Guard Bureau and run through a cooperative agreement between the federal government and the state of Montana, the Academy offers military-style structure and discipline along with academic, professional, and life-coping skills students need to become productive citizens.

Current Class



JUNE 17, 2023

Next Class

JULY 18, 2023

MYCA Graduates


Since 1999, cadets at the academy have performed more than 192,181 cumulative work-hours in support of service to community projects throughout the state. Calculated at the current minimum wage, they have contributed roughly $1,768,065 to our economy.

The only Youth Challenge program located on a college campus. We are proud to call The University of Montana Western hoME!