KSCA’s structured environment reduces the hurdles faced by teenagers so they can focus on their academic progress, emotional well-being, and physical fitness improvement. The 22-week Residential Phase is a voluntary, coeducational academic experience offering cadets a chance to establish a clear path to success as they begin their transition into adulthood.
The Eight Core Components
★ ACADEMIC EXCELLENCECadets will take core academic courses under the guidance of certified teachers in the classroom. Our goal is to enhance each Cadet’s academic performance to earn a GED and High School Equivalency Degree or to recover high school academic credits.
★ LIFE COPING SKILLSCadets will explore and practice the skills needed to assist their transition to life after residency at the Academy. Our goal is to have Cadets confident in financial, mental, and emotional techniques to prepare them for adult life.
★ SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITYThese activities complement the followership component, as Cadets will perform at least 40 hours of service projects in and around the community to encourage volunteerism, active citizenship and exposure to career opportunities.
★ JOB SKILLSCadets will actively work to prepare for the post-residential phase through career and education exploration, resume building, and mock interviews. Cadets will be exposed to potential career and technical opportunities for future employment.
★ LEADERSHIP & FOLLOWERSHIPEach Cadet is coached in leadership techniques then placed in key leadership positions to put plans into practice, getting routine feedback from the staff and cadre. Cadets are coached on supportive followership to encourage both Cadet and team success.
★ HEALTH AND HYGIENECadets will be coached in making responsible choices to encourage physical and emotional well-being. Healthy lifestyle choices and consequences about nutrition, hygiene and alcohol and tobacco usage will be explored to inform all Cadets.
★ PHYSICAL TRAININGDaily strength, flexibility and endurance activities will enhance each Cadet’s physical readiness, see continued improvement, and encourage a life-long commitment to physical fitness
Applying for AdmissionBy applying to the KSCA you are taking a big step in the direction of a brighter future. Our anticipated opening date for our inaugural class is July 2022. We are excited to see the first class of over 120 of Pennsylvania’s teens work to reset their lives and return to a path of success. The second class session will begin in January 2023. Look for application procedures to be posted after January 2022. Please review the Eligibility Criteria to ensure that the potential cadet is qualified to attend the KSCA. The admissions process will require a completed application with supporting documentation from the applicant’s home school district, and an orientation plus interview of both the applicant and parent or guardian If you are interested in talking to someone about this opportunity, please contact us via email at RA-MVPACHALLENGE@pa.gov, or by calling 717-861-2787 or 717-861-8831. Thank you for your interest in the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy!
If I was back at home, I probably still would have bad grades. Here at the Youth Academy, the Cadre really care about you and they push. We've built really strong relationships here, and at a normal High School you don't do that. -Shantelle, Washington Youth Challenge Academy Student