Steps to Becoming A Cadet

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 15 1/2-18 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.
  • 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 an Orientation

Now that you’ve met the basic eligibility requirements, the student and guardian must attend an Orientation!

Completing an Orientation is MANDATORY.

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

Schedule a Virtual Orientation

Schedule an On-Site Orientation

Step 3: Begin Completing the Application

Click Here to Begin Application

Submit additional documents

Step 4: Communication

  • Ensure you are checking your emails on a weekly basis as our primary source of communication is email.
  • Do NOT use your school email.
  • Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns at



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.