Event introduced legislators to MYCA students from around the state
LANSING – State Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) hosted cadets from the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) at the state Capitol today as they met with legislators to discuss the importance of the program. The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy serves young people in Michigan who have dropped out of high school or are in danger of dropping out by helping them earn their GED or return to high school, earn college credit, and develop the skills necessary to succeed.
“I am proud of what these cadets have accomplished at the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, and I’m eager to help them tell their stories here at the state Capitol,” Segal said. “Just a few short years ago, the state almost eliminated funding for this organization, which is a vital resource for our state’s young people. Today, the cadets were able to meet with lawmakers in person and explain why continued support for the MYCA matters not only for their own futures, but for the future of our state.”
The MYCA is a state/federal partnership run by the National Guard which gives at-risk young men and women from around the state the chance to transform themselves into successful and responsible adults. The program is physically located in Battle Creek, but the MYCA has had students from every legislative district in Michigan and is considered one of the most successful of the 35 National Guard-affiliated ChalleNGe programs in the country.
The MYCA is a completely voluntary program, so these exceptional young men and women must have the drive and the desire to turn their lives around. The program has graduated over 2,600 cadets since its inception in 1999, and about 98 percent of graduates report no future involvement with the law. Approximately 78 percent of cadets earn their GED, others return to high school to earn a diploma and about 28 percent enlist in the military. Together, cadets have completed well over 110,000 hours of service to the community.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with MYCA cadets during my time as a legislator and help them to sustain and grow the program,” Segal said. “I’m glad that these remarkable young people had a chance to meet with our state’s elected officials and to share their stories, and I’m equally thrilled that legislators got a chance today to learn why their continued support of the MYCA matters to Michigan.”
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