Frequently Asked Questions



1. How old does my child have to be to be eligible for YCA?

  • Your child must be 16 before the first day of class.
  • Your child cannot turn 19 before the first day of class.

2.  How much does it cost?

  • The program is state and federally funded. There are no tuition or application fees
  • You are responsible for providing the required list of items on the packing list issued at orientation.

3. What class will my child be able to enter?

  • The Admissions Office continuously accepts applications.
  • Beginning dates for classes are tentatively scheduled as follows and candidates are normally assigned to the next available class:

      January: Fort Stewart (The first day of class is always on a Sunday between the 14th and 20th)

      March: Fort Gordon (The first day of class is always on a Sunday between the 15th and 20th)

       April: Milledgeville Campus ( The first day of class is always on Sunday between the 16th and 21st)

      July: Fort Stewart (The first day of class is always on a Sunday between the 16th and 22nd)

      September: Fort Gordon (The first day of class is always on a Sunday between  and 18th and 22nd

      October: Milledgeville Campus ( The first day of class is always on Sunday between the 16th and 21st)

4. When will I know if my child is accepted?

  • You will be notified by mail or e-mail  of acceptance as soon as the decision is made.

5. How long does the program last?

  • The applicant lives at the Youth Challenge Academy campus for 22 weeks except for passes.
  • The applicant is assisted by his/her mentor for 12 months after graduation.

6. Can my child be forced to attend?

  • NO. The Youth Challenge Academy takes only applicants who volunteer for the program.

7. What diploma/s will my child receive?

  • Youth Challenge Academy Diploma: If your child completes all eight Core Components of the Youth Challenge Program.
  • General Education Development (GED) Diploma: He/she will receive GED Diploma for successfully completing all four (4) parts of the General Educational Development (GED) Test.
  • High School Diploma: Some candidates may be able to transfer to the Graduation Achievement Charter High School located at each campus. Generally, the student must have at least 16 high school credits.  Additionally, the candidate must have completed 1.5 to 2 credits in each of the core areas (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics). The candidate should submit a copy of the high school transcript with the Youth Challenge Application.

8. Does my child have to join the military after graduation?

  • No. The Youth Challenge Academy does not recruit for the military. Cadets at the Youth Challenge Academy will have the opportunity to take the ASVAB.


9. Does my child have to be withdrawn from school to apply?

  • If your child is enrolled in school, it is not recommended that you withdraw him or her until your child starts Youth Challenge Academy.

10. Does a physician need to complete the medical history?

  • The medical history is completed by you and your child.
  • If the child has a medical problem that keeps him or her from completing the physical training, a doctor’s statement will be requested.

11. What if my child has lost his or her Social Security Card?

  • Visit your local Social Security Office and reapply for the card.
  • The paper issued to your child by that office will have verification of the number. Only this verification or a copy of the card itself is accepted as proof of your child’s number.

12. Where do I find a mentor prospect?

  • You and your child choose this person, and the person you choose completes the enclosed mentor application.
  • It is required your child provide a mentor prospect in order to be eligible.
  • Mentor requirements are listed on the 1st page of the mentor application

13. After completing the application, may I fax or Email it?

  • Yes. Original signatures are required on the application!
  • Our address and email, fax # , is on the front page . Completed applications should be mailed in enough time to reach us before the deadline of the next available class.

14. Do I need to send original documents (Social Security Card, Valid Government-

      issued ID, Birth Certificate, etc.) to you?

  • NO. Regular copies can be sent.
  • Copies need to be clear and legible.

15. Does my child need to have an interview?

  • On occasion an interview may be required.
  • You will be notified if we feel this is necessary.
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