In celebration of National Youth Day, on Sunday evening Chief of Security- Mr. Watts and Administrative Assistant- Ms. Williams hosted a Spelling Bee contest for the youth at Ocala Youth Academy. This was an opportunity for each of the youth to display their spelling vocabulary. Our purpose in doing this activity is to help our youth improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English. A brief history of Spelling Bees: Spelling bees became widespread across the United States during the 1800s, as a way to motivate students to learn standardized spelling. Today our youth learned to celebrate one another. The winner, Youth T.W. was awarded a special dinner! Congratulations T.W!

Ocala Youth Academy serves 72 males between the ages of 15 and 18 in a non-secure residential program which provides mental health overlay services (MHOS) and Substance abuse overlay services (SAOS). Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Contact Ocala Youth Academy at 352-397-4629 or visit