The mission of the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy 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 responsible and productive citizens of Idaho.
WHO WE ARE
IDYCA a holistic, quasi-military, fully-accredited residential high school academy (NOT a boot camp, detention or treatment facility), utilizing discipline and structure, to ensure a productive learning environment. Open to all 16-18 year-old Idaho residents. Participation is voluntary, and tuition-FREE.
See what our graduates are saying. For more testimonials, see our Success Stories page.
The caring staff/cadre gave me the second chance I needed at life…
In December it’ll be 2 years since I got my HS diploma. 2 years since I left my second home. 2 years and I’m still going back to visit!!!! I couldn’t express my gratitude towards The Idaho Youth Challenge Academy/ Staff in words if I wanted. Not only did you guys help me graduate, you… Read more “The caring staff/cadre gave me the second chance I needed at life…”
You made my life new!
Some days I wake up wishing I was at the academy. I miss it a lot. And all the wonderful people. Even the.ones I disrespected and.I feel bad I’m sorry Thanks everyone for everything you have done or said to me to brighten my day thanks.for.making.me realize I was headed the wrong direction. You guys… Read more “You made my life new!”
Its hard and tiring but you won’t regret a minute…
I would like to just take a second and tell class of 17-2 that you guys got this. No matter how hard it gets stay the course. Push through it cause when that moment comes that your walkin across that stage and giving everyone your final goodbyes youll thank not only the Cadre but yourself… Read more “Its hard and tiring but you won’t regret a minute…”
You guys are the best thing that ever happened to me…
Because of you guyes at the IDYCA my life is much better. I appreciate what you guyes do for cadets every day. They may not realize it at this point but they soon will when they graduate. I dont know how to thank you. You guyes were the best thing that ever happened to me… Read more “You guys are the best thing that ever happened to me…”
…that place is home.
I will never forget how the academy changed my life for the better. They helped in so many ways and got me healthy and on track… Although i hated it at times and always wanted to go home, sometimes i wish i could go back. I remember saying that i wasnt gonna miss it but… Read more “…that place is home.”
…tough love is what we all need in life sometimes
Thanks to my confidence and work ethic I gained at IDYCA, I really was able to jump start my life in a big way. I moved out a week after graduating the academy. I work around 55 hours a week at 2 different jobs…. I pay rent and all of my own bills, I just… Read more “…tough love is what we all need in life sometimes”
IDYCA changed my LIFE!
IDYCA changed my LIFE! I haven’t been in trouble since I graduated and I brought my GPA from a 1.2 to a 3.9 in 5.5 months. I wish all adolescents had this opportunity!!!!
I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for all of you.
I would like to personally thank each and every single one of you (staff members and cadre). It was a blessing and an honor to be one of the graduating cadets through the first class of Idaho. Each one of you helped me in any way possible. I wouldn’t be who I am today if… Read more “I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for all of you.”
…never had the mindset that I could actually do it.
Thanks to Dr. Goddard and having my food safety certificate I am in the kitchen making pizzas all day. Its a good job though and grandma is helping me find colleges that offer good autobody and mechanic courses. I plan on going to college right after highschool and getting a degree in classic car repair.… Read more “…never had the mindset that I could actually do it.”
Thank you IDYCA for changing and forming me…
Within three days I have already got a job opportunity to be a flagger for traffic! I will have to take a 2 week long class but it will be worth it. It’s a federal and at times state job but the average pay rate is 10- 16 and hour for state job, and 30-34… Read more “Thank you IDYCA for changing and forming me…”
You all really changed my life for the better.
…I would just like to say that my favorite memories in Idaho came from the idyca. Not because it was fun, because there was times it wasn’t, not because it was easy, because again, there was times it wasn’t. My favorite memories came out of there because it was the biggest challenge of my life.… Read more “You all really changed my life for the better.”
I’m clean, I’m healthy, an I’m happy.
This was January 20, 2015. Also the day that my life changed for the better. This picture was taken about an hour after I had said goodbye to my parents. I wouldn’t see them for another 3 months. As you all know, I was a complete wreck. I was making terrible choices and damaging my… Read more “I’m clean, I’m healthy, an I’m happy.”
If I could come back, I would in a heart beat!
To ALL the Staff, Man it feels good to write letters again! HA! I hope everyone is doing well! I sure do miss the Academy! If I could come back, I would in a heart beat! Life for me is going great. I work for my mentor & am joining the Army National Guard &… Read more “If I could come back, I would in a heart beat!”
Giving up is not a option here, success is.
(Addressed to future Cadets) I’ve been told some of you cadets don’t believe you’re going to pass English. I thought the same going into Mrs. Therien class, not knowing how to write an essay, spell correctly, read, or even pronounce words. I gave up before trying or giving any effort. I just thought to myself,… Read more “Giving up is not a option here, success is.”
…anybody is fully capable of doing it as well.
Before I came to the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, I was getting into a whole lot of trouble with the police… While, I was at the academy I decided that I wanted to play the system until I later realized that I need to get my act together or else I won’t succeed in the… Read more “…anybody is fully capable of doing it as well.”
…you really did make a huge difference in my life.
I just want to say thank you to the academy and all the staff and cadre you really did make a huge difference in my life. I would never have built such a good relationship as I had with the staff and cadre from IDYCA.
– Once a gem always a gem
All because you pushed me to maintain excellence.
This program has changed my life for the better. I find myself being more respectful, doing things the first time I’m told, and I try my hardest now in everything I do. I’m a high school graduate, and now I’m shooting for my goals that I know I can succeed. All because you pushed me… Read more “All because you pushed me to maintain excellence.”
…I highly recommend it.
I’m a member of the first graduating class, all i can say is thank you to everyone who is involved with this program. If you are browsing the page and are interested in the program i highly recommend it. Its not easy and a challenge for a reason but i can honestly say that it… Read more “…I highly recommend it.”
…thank you for giving me this amazing experience.
I just wanted too say thank you for giving me this amazing experience. I wanna wish everyone a very happy Christmas, and wanna say good luck too next class thank you all staff and cadre who helped all of us out. Thank you for all the hard work and all the hours everyone put in… Read more “…thank you for giving me this amazing experience.”
…The academy saved my life….
It took me nearly a year graduated from the class of 18-1 to really get back on my feet on a path that I felt right. It was hard along the way. Harder than the Academy was to really get to a point where I felt I was doing something right and making progress. I… Read more “…The academy saved my life….”
…special thanks to the TSgts that were the everyday teachers…
I thank you all very much for breaking me down and making me into the strong minded physically fit man I am today, a special thanks to the Tsgts that were the everyday teachers, and the staff that helped a long the way. Thank all of you.
“Take The Hard Right Over The Easy Wrong”
…My time at the academy was some of the best times in my life, it was the first time I had been away from home but I knew I had to get through it to be successful in life. there were some rough times but I always had staff there for me and my peers… Read more ““Take The Hard Right Over The Easy Wrong””
I will never forget.
one year ago today was my 1st day at the IDYCA and I really didn’t want to go. I was doing everything to get out of it. I’m glad that did not happen and I went. that was the best 5 and half months of my life my brothers and the life long friends I… Read more “I will never forget.”
…the Academy gave me hope.
I wanted to thank the academy. They gave me the tools to move past hardships and keep on moving. In the last 3 months my fiance and I have struggled and some aspects and lost a major part of our family. The only way I was able to move past these struggles and this loss… Read more “…the Academy gave me hope.”
None of this would’ve happened without you…
Honestly none of this wouldve happened without you and the staff at IDYCA. I have had some bumps in the road but like you guys said thats normal. I want to say thank u and please tell all the staff that are still there i said thank u.
Would go again if I could!
Absolutely love this program man. The skills you learn here are amazing. Definitely would go again if I could!
…thank all of you for not giving up on me…
I wanted to write you this letter to tell you “THANK YOU.” Without this program I don’t know where I would be in life. With all the hard times and bad days at the academy, I sure do miss HOME!!! The greatest thing that could ever happen to me was walking across that stage at… Read more “…thank all of you for not giving up on me…”
Thank you for giving me the chance to change my life.
One year ago on this exact date July 17 I decided it was time to change my life. I remember the day I got there I wanted to chicken out so badly but my parents would let me. I remember waking up at 5 I’m the morning to tow the line. I hated waking up… Read more “Thank you for giving me the chance to change my life.”
Without the academy I probably wouldn’t be alive today.
The challenge changed me and made me realize what respect really is. To myself and others. Without the academy I probably wouldn’t be alive today. So with that being said the academy was the best decision my mom ever made. I was mad at first but looking back I’m grateful she did this for me.… Read more “Without the academy I probably wouldn’t be alive today.”
I couldn’t ask for better role models.
Six months ago today i made the biggest decision of my life. I chose to come to the IDYCA where my cadre changed my life forever. They showed me how to be the adult that i am and how to take care of myself in the “real world”. I made it to the rank Cadet… Read more “I couldn’t ask for better role models.”
My mentor has been a great help…
…I enrolled back in school, and I’m on track with graduating with my class. I’ve put job applications in to find a job, of course it’s a very slow process. Haha. I have let go of toxic relationships, I have declined drugs/alcohol that have been offered to me, I’m more respectful towards my parents, I… Read more “My mentor has been a great help…”
…it was the best decision I have ever made…
(To Future Cadets) Welcome to the best decision you have ever made. If you let it, this academy will truly turn your life around. Scary isn’t it? Don’t worry, the staff of the IDYCA truly care and will do everything to get to the top that you know you can get to. Keep pushing, do… Read more “…it was the best decision I have ever made…”