Youth Career Academy

Youth Career Academy- Genesee County
The Youth Career Academy is located at 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy., Flint MI 48502 on the Bethel United Methodist campus. Peckham Career Academy is a community-based, comprehensive, intensive vocational training program. The program accepts referrals entirely from Genesee County Judicial Circuit Court who refers young offenders between the ages of 15 -18. The Career Academy was designed to provide vocational training options to youth involved with the 7th Judicial Circuit Court. In addition to vocational services, Peckham YCA also provides GED services for youth with this academic goal. The programs goal is to reduce recidivism, improve social functioning, increase vocational performance and provide job skills training for youth that have been unsuccessful in traditional settings.

Youth Career Academy- Ingham County
Peckham’s Youth Career Academy (YCA) is a collaboration of Peckham, the Ingham County 30th Circuit Court-Family Division, and the Ingham Intermediate School District. YCA is a community-based, comprehensive, intensive vocational training program.  Referrals are accepted entirely from the Ingham County 30th Judicial Circuit Court – Family Division who refers court involved youth between the ages of 15-18.  YCA believes community based programs are a viable alternative to residential placement and encourages the development of structured programs designed to provide a continuum of support services to at risk youth and their families.  YCA is designed to provide a continuum of support services and vocational readiness to moderate-risk youth.  

Additional programs: 
Embers a 12-week trauma informed group to provide opportunities for healing for young people who have experienced trauma.  The program is currently offered in Ingham County (Lansing) and Genesee County (Flint).  We incorporate therapeutic art experiences, music therapy through drum circles, and yoga and breathing techniques for coping strategies.  Students learn the skills to remove themselves from unsafe situations, are able to identify safe environments, can identify someone for encouragement and support, have a safety plan, utilize reflection skills, value themselves more, and apply the coping strategies learned from the program to help rebuild from trauma.  Referrals are sent from the Ingham and Genesee County courts.