Academy opens in north Idaho for students needing to earn GED -

Academy opens in north Idaho for students needing to earn GED

Credit: Idaho National Guard

Academy opens in north Idaho for students needing to earn GED

By On Your Side newsroom. CREATED Jan 21, 2014

A school for young men and women who dropped out of high school is now open in north Idaho to give them a second chance to earn their GED certificate.

The Idaho Youth Challenge Academy welcomed its first class this week with 96 students.

“We expect this program to directly affect the lives of those who complete the 22-week course by helping them become productive members of society and steering them away from a downward spiral,” said Maj. General Gary Sayler, Idaho Adjutant General. Sayler was on hand in Pierce on Jan. 20 to oversee the first day of the program.

Over 27 states now have a Youth Challenge program including Idaho. The academy is located in the northern Idaho town in Pierce and serves the population of the entire State of Idaho.

The costs of the program have been split up between federal, state, corporate and private sources.

The Idaho Youth Challenge Foundation, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization affiliated with the Idaho Military Division, would like to thank corporate and private donors, which include (in no particular order):

– J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Inc.
– Avista Corp.
– Scentsy Inc.
– J.R. Simplot Company
– Farmers Insurance
– The Duke Family Foundation
– Wells Fargo Bank
– Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce
– Support Our Troops, Inc.
– Townsquare Media Group West Central
– Mr. Thomas Dougherty
– Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler
– Maj. Gen. (Retired) Larry Lafrenz
– Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
– Harry Stenzel Excavation & Contracting
– Boise Adjusters Association of Idaho
– Live, Laugh, Love, Give Inc.
– In addition to the corporate sponsors, we thank Orofino Joint School District # 171 for their donation of the school facility in Pierce.

The Academy’s second class is now forming and will be seated in mid-July, 2014. Applications are now being accepted. If you or somebody you know could benefit from this unique second chance, or for more information go to or call (855) ID YOUTH / (855) 439-6884.