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Now accepting Cadet Applications

* You must Volunteer for the program
* 16-18 years old (must be 16 by the first day and cannot turn 19 before the start of the program)
* Legal resident of the United States and of Florida
* Students at-risk of dropping out of high school or credit deficient
* Students free from any serious involvement with the law, free of felony charges and no pending court proceedings

Classes run from July through December and from January through June

The PDF file to the right must be downloaded, printed, filled out in its entirety and submitted to Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy. The instructions contain information for properly completing the application.

Please read and follow carefully the Cadet Application Instructions. If you have any questions, contact us at You can also contact the program staff by telephone at (904) 559-1726 ext. 4028, 559-1726 ext. 4033 and our FAX line is (904) 559-1768.

Completed application packets should be mailed to:

5629 State Road 16 West
Building 3800
Starke, FL 32091

Or faxed to: 904-559.1768

Class 34 Orientations

West Palm Beach – TBD
Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens
4350 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Orlando – TBD
Embassy Suites Orlando Jamaican Ct
8250 Jamaican Ct
Orlando, FL 32819

Tampa – TBD
Embassy Suites Tampa USF
3705 Spectrum Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612

Tallahassee – TBD
Homewood Suites
2987 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Green Cove Springs – TBD
Green Cove Springs Jr High School
1220 Bonaventure Ave
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Academy Tours

Class 34 Tours

FLYCA Application, and Selection Procedures


When completing the application, in depth information is required including the applicants social security number, date of birth, address, phone number and parental/guardian contact information. The application may be mailed, faxed, or scanned to the academy RPM department admissions coordinator. Applications are accepted year round for future classes. All applications must be complete before the applicant can be considered for selection. If assistance is needed in completing the application, information is provided in the application to contact the admissions coordinator in the RPM department at FLYCA. All applications are currently offered in English only however there are some staff members that are able and willing to communicate in Spanish, should the family need assistance. Applications are prescreened upfront for qualifications only. Applications are accepted on a state wide basis.


The selection process is designed to evaluate each qualified applicant with a completed application to determine if the applicant is a suitable fit for the program. A selection board consisting of the Program Director, Nurse, Commandant, RPM Coordinator, Lead Educator and Lead Counselor review the completed application and supporting documents. The completed file is reviewed by each board member who then determines any items from their area which require further attention during the applicant interview. The Program Director makes the final selection decision after the applicant has interviewed with the selection board and the board members have provided their input to the Program Director. Applicants interviewed but not selected for an upcoming class are rolled over to the next class and given a priority provided that the board believes the applicant will remain a viable choice and the applicant chooses to remain in the applicant pool. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decision by mail prior to the start of the class. During this process, the Director will pose a question to the applicant about his or her desire to voluntarily engage in the ChalleNGe program. If the applicant indicates he or she does not want to volunteer, the director will terminate the application and the interview until such time as the applicant contacts the program indicating a change in their decision.


There are certain requirements for an application to be reviewed by the selection board. The applicant’s file must include a completed cadet application, Consent for release of confidential information form, TABE test results, along with High School transcripts including any applicable Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The file must have a clear copy of the applicants Florida Driver License or State Identification card, Social Security Card, Medical Insurance Card and Birth Certificate. We request a physical exam be completed by the applicant’s physic as well. The Completed Mentor application and adult background screening is also required. During the application process a file screening is done to ensure basic eligibility requirements such as age, citizenship, legal residency, state resident, drop out status, unemployed/underemployed, drug free, probation/parole status (juvenile status offense), physically and mentally capable with accommodations, and that the applicant be a volunteer.


During the selection process an interview is conducted with the selection board after the above qualifications are met. Each board member has questions for the applicant designed to measure desire and ability to participate in the program. The board will err on the side of caution if there is a serious physical or mental issue that arises from the interview; as such, the board will request additional documentation or a follow up visit for medical clearance and guidance before moving said applicant forward in the process. This procedure is followed to prevent any injury to the applicant should they enter the program. Once the applicant has successfully passed the orientation and interview procedure with an accepted recommendation for the board and director, the RPM department will schedule the applicant for admissions day. All applicants have to attend the interview with the director and the orientation for the class to be eligible for admissions into the program.