Who We Are

We are united in our dedication to change the lives of our at-risk youth

Partnering with FLYCA to change Florida's at-risk youth into productive citizens in our communities.

Who We Are

“Supporting the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy mission with consistent fundraising, volunteer work, and community awareness efforts”

FLYCA Color Guard
Our Dedicated Team
 Sharon Ervin , CMSgt (ret), Chairman
Danny Brabham, CSM (ret), Past Chair
Tony Smith, SGM, Vice Chair
Ron George, Board Member
Pat Pitts, LTC (ret), Board Member
Ernest Lance, Board Member
Julie Kyrazis, Col (ret), Board Member
Elizabeth Masters, COL(ret), Board Member
Gretchen Titshaw,  Board Member
Marie Brabham, Executive Director

About Florida youth challenge academy

Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy (FLYCA) is

A 17 1/2 month voluntary program geared toward Florida’s 16-18 year old at-risk youth. The program consist of two phases. The residential phase of the program takes place in a highly disciplined and motivational environment promoting structure and academics along with leadership, health, community service, life skills, job skills, physical fitness and citizenship. The post-residential phase takes place after graduation and is a time when the cadet uses the skills learned in the residential phase through their placement in either a job, further education, or the military. The cadet is matched with a mentor during the residential phase and this mentor helps guide the cadet during the post-residential phase.

For more information about Florida Youth Challenge Academy visit https://www.floridayouthchallengeacademy.org/


— FLYCA's Mission

To provide a highly disciplined and motivational environment, free from outside distractions, which fosters academics, leadership, development, personal growth, self esteem and physical fitness for qualifying high school dropouts.


— Foundation's Vision

To assist FLYCA with additional budget revenue that provides financial support for cadet’s morale, welfare, and educational scholarship opportunities that allow cadets to reach their full potential.


— Our Story

Charitable contributions are a main source of funding our programs. We welcome all donations and contributions to assist our cadets. These funds directly support college scholarships, campus improvements, and morale and welfare events just to name a few. You can help with supporting our fundraisers such as the Memorial brick program, Annual Golf Tournament, Amazon Smile Donation, Monetary donations, and Sponsorship programs. All contributions receive a charitable donation receipt.

Our Sponsors