The Academy is part of the juvenile justice system of Allegheny County functioning as an alternative to institutional placement. Kids who have committed crimes are able to continue going to their own schools while attending The Academy evenings and weekends. Attendance is ordered by a judge and is mandatory- too many absences will result in the delinquent being remanded to court for further action. The Visionaries selected The Academy because of their commitment to helping delinquent youth by treating them with respect. The alternatives that The Academy teaches its students will hopefully prevent them from committing another crime.