It appears that someone has already claimed youtube.com/culveracademies. However, the channel has been terminated by YouTube for repeated violations.
My question... is there a way I can claim this channel or contact YouTube and have them transfer it to us?
How have you managed your brand name on YouTube?
Trent, I had to do this a couple years ago for Park Tudor. Our username had been taken but the channel was sitting empty. We figured someone at school had created it but couldn't find out who. I went through YouTube to claim the channel. You should first look at their username policy for trademarks: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=15... and then you can fill out a trademark complaint form: https://support.google.com/youtube/bin/request.py?&contact_type...
The form looks a little intimidating, but they processed ours quick, no questions asked. Since that channel has been terminated, I imagine you should be able to claim it.