After being selected as director of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy last fall, retired Michigan Army National Guard Soldier, Lt. Col. Jefferey Connell recently issued an information-filled white paper describing the program. The MYCA white paper is intended for state-wide distribution in an effort to get the word out about the program.
“We just celebrated our 33rd graduating class since 1999 and continue to change young people’s lives. In partnership with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Marshall Public Schools, and Kellogg Community College, the MYCA adds unmeasurable value back to Michigan communities,” Connell said. “Now we need to make sure that everyone in the state knows about the Challenge Academy and what it offers. Struggling high school students that are failing in the traditional learning environment should at least consider MYCA if they truly desire to make a positive change in their life.”
The white paper describes the eight core competencies of the program. It outlines the best candidates for enrollment, and includes information about funding (there are no program costs for students or their families), graduation and service requirements. The paper concludes with contact options to learn more about the program.
Connell stated that with virtually no marketing budget to purchase billboard space, television time, or create and distribute glossy pamphlets and related bling, getting the word out is one of his biggest obstacles.
Anyone who is interested in attending the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy can visit www.miycp.org or call 269-968-1037, or 1-800-372-0523, for more information.