Steps to Becoming A Cadet

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/pending felonies.
  • Live within one of these counties: SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CLARA, MERCED, MADERA, FRESNO, MONTEREY, SAN BENITO, KINGS, TULARE, INYO, SAN LUIS OBISPO, KERN, SANTA BARBARA, and VENTURA, as well as the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale.

To view Residency Requirements, click here.

Step 2: Sign Up to Watch a Mandatory Virtual Orientation

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Step 3: Begin the Application

Once you have watched the virtual orientation, you will be sent an email or text message with a link to begin the application.


Existing Applicants

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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.