Steps to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Grizzly Youth Academy! We understand you may want to jump right into the application process; however, it is very important that you read this entire page thoroughly, and understand all eligibility requirements prior to applying.

*Any applicant that does not meet the basic eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Check Eligibility

Applicant MUST:

  • Volunteer for the program (they cannot be forced by their parents/guardians, school, friends, etc.)
  • Be between the ages of 16-18 by the first day of the respective class they are applying to.
  • Be credit deficient at school or at-risk of dropping out.
  • Be a legal resident of California or DACA recipient.
  • Be clear of felony charges and have no pending court proceedings.
  • Live within the Central California/Central Coast counties.

To view Residency Requirements, click here.

Step 2: Schedule a Virtual Orientation

Now that you’ve met the basic eligibility requirements, you may sign up for our virtual orientation!

The Virtual Orientation is MANDATORY and attendance from both the parent/guardian AND applicant is highly encouraged.

Please click here to view our current Virtual Orientation dates and sign up for one today.

Schedule a Virtual Orientation

Step 3: Begin completing the Application

After you have attended our virtual orientation, you will be EMAILED the most updated Grizzly Youth Academy Application with instructions on how to complete it.

Please complete the entire application prior to submission.

Note: We understand you may need to turn in your Sports Physical and Power of Attorney at a later date—those documents are the only documents you may submit at a later date.

If for whatever reason the application was not emailed to you, please download the application here and contact us at

Step 4: Communication

Last but not least, it is very important that remain in communication with us during the application process.

Most of our communication will be done through E-MAIL.

Please always ensure you are checking your emails on a weekly basis.



Grizzly Youth Academy is a great choice for most at-risk students. However, not everyone is suited for this very physically demanding program.

We do our best to look at every individual and their needs as we are making our selections.