JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Alaska Military Youth Academy will celebrate the 51st class of students and more than 25 years of service to the State of Alaska as Class 2019-1 graduates 156 cadets from its ChalleNGe program on Friday, February 22nd.
The 10 a.m. graduation ceremony will be held in the Tikahtnu Ballroom at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. The ceremony will feature Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy as the keynote speaker. US Senator Lisa Murkowski will also be in attendance and will briefly address the cadets.
During their 22-week Residential Phase at the AMYA ChalleNGe program, the corps of cadets focused on academic excellence, leadership and followership, physical fitness, life coping skills, responsible citizenship, vocational training and service to the community. Class of 2019-1 provided more than 7,681 hours of community service; 85 cadets earned their high school credentials; others earned 7.5 transferrable credits each. 32 cadets completed Everfi Radius Financial Literacy and 156 students completed the EverFi Radius S.T.E.M. curriculum through a grant with the AT & T Foundation.
The 156 cadets set to graduate from the Alaska Military Youth Academy will join the more than 5,500 previous graduates since 1994.
The Cadet-to-Work (pre-apprenticeship) Program engaged selected cadets in multi-faceted vocational training courses through grants from President of the United States’ Job Driven Training Initiative and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title I Youth Program. Under these federally funded grants from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)(Reserve Integration) and the U.S. Department of Labor and passed through the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, cadets were provided the following opportunities: 102 were trained in construction (including carpentry, electrical, and laborers, ironworking and welding), culinary arts and health care services. Sixteen cadets enrolled in Small Engine Repair with seven receiving National EETC certification; 19 received training in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) which culminated in completion of the FAA Safety Course and 156 were certified in Community Emergency Responder Training (CERT) and will be a resource to their local Emergency Response Teams should the need arise. Cadets will have the opportunity to emerge from the pre-apprenticeship program with hands-on training, certifications and connections to potential entry-level jobs or apprenticeship programs.
In addition, all cadets take part in the yearlong Post-Residential phase where graduates return to their communities to put into practice the life skills principles they received and continue their education (high school, college or vocational schools), enter the workplace, or enter the military. The goal of this phase is for graduates to sustain and build on the gains made during the residential phase while serving as a productive member of society.
The Alaska Military Youth Academy continues to fulfill its mission: “To help intervene in and reclaim the lives of youth and produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults.”
Who: Alaska Military Youth Academy
What: Graduation ceremony for 156 cadets
Where: Tikahtnu Ballroom, Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage
When: Friday, February 22nd, 10 a.m.