How to Apply

Oahu Campus – Kalaeloa – Main Admissions Office
PO Box 75348,    91-1001 Shangrila St.,     Kapolei,    Hawaii   96707
Admission (808) 673 – 7530  Fax (808) 673 – 7538

YCA Kalaeloa map

Big Island Campus – Hilo
PO Box 5210,  Hilo,  Hawaii  96720
Admission (808) 369 – 0950  Fax  (808) 969 – 1504

Statement of Purpose
The Youth Challenge Academy will enroll youth who show potential and who are able, in a timely and satisfactory manner, to meet all academic, mental, and physical activities requirements which together comprise the fundamental nature of a Youth Challenge Graduate.

The Academy admits youth on the premise that they have the intent and the ability to undergo and complete training successfully.

Link to Academy overview video:

How to Apply:
Please Call #808-685-7139 to schedule an Orientation.

On-Campus Orientation Schedule:
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday Morning of the Month. Time: 9AM – 11AM:
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday Evening of the Month. Time: 6PM – 8PM:


Big Island Campus – Hilo: 1046 Leilani St., Bldg 621,

Hilo,  Hawaii  96720

Tues/Thurs   5:30 p.m.
Step 2Complete an Application Packet


Completed applications can be sent to:

Oahu =

Hilo = 

Or delivered in person

Step 3Attend a Formal Interview

– Males: Dress Shirt & Covered Shoes

– Females: Modest wear, no tank or sleeveless tops, no shorts or mini-skirts and no slippers

All Mandatory Documents Need to be Submitted:

Identification Card

  • State I.D., Driver’s License, military I.D., Passport, Etc.

Birth Certificate

  • If not U.S. Born then legalization paperwork is required

H.S. Transcript

  • If you have not enrolled in a Hawaii State school and you are under 18 years of age, you must enroll and dis-enroll with your local school prior to attending YCA.

Criminal Background Check

  • 16-17 years-old applicants need a Juvenile Criminal Abstract, which is free of charge and can be retrieved from the Kapolei Judiciary Complex Courthouse, 2nd Floor Juvenile Special Service Counter from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  (808) 954-8000
  • 18-year-old applicants need an e-Crim report which will cost $18 and can be retrieved via this website:

Medical Physical

  • A sports physical which clears the applicant to perform physical activity within the last year is acceptable, but the your physician will need to fill out the appropriate DOE form: DOE Physical Form

SSN Card

*** Do Not Send Original Documents ***       ***We Only Need Legible Copies***

Step 4 –  Mentor Selection
Each applicant is required to find a person, capable of being supportive and offering a positive influence on them while attending the academy and in the future. The mentor must be selected by the Applicant and Parents/Guardians.  A Mentor Packet must be completed by the prospective mentor and submitted to the Academy mentor coordinator.

Step 6 – Selection Board
Once all Mandatory Documents are submitted, a Selection Board will review and make acceptance recommendations.  Selected applicants will be sent an Invitation to Attend the Academy letter.

Applicants, together with Parents/Guardians, should make a family decision regarding attendance.

When a decision is reached, the Applicant, together with the Parent/Guardian, must inform the Academy of their decision. If you have any questions, please contact the following:

Oahu =

Hilo =     

If you are accepted, you will need to purchase or provide items listed on the packing list below: