The Georgia youth challenge experience

The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program empowers participants to embrace responsibility, achievement and positive behavior. It is the only program of its kind providing graduates with a personal mentor for one year to help the transition into adulthood. 
 

Academics

 Academic Excellence 

Cadets attend daily academic classes that increase math and reading comprehension and prepare them for GED credential testing, credit recovery, or a high school diploma. Learn More

Leadership

 Leadership & followership 

Cadets develop strong character while identifying and applying individual moral and ethical standards to perform various roles and responsibilities in a structured group environment. Learn More

Service

 Service to Community 

Cadets realize the value and importance of giving back to the community while performing a minimum of 40 hours of service to the community and/or conservation project activities. Learn More

Cadet Life

Graduate: Sharrieff S.

Thanks to Youth ChalleNGe, Sharrieff feels that he certainly dodged the bullet of incarceration. Now he is a student at Atlanta Technical College taking an Avionics Bench Technician course, and will soon be transferring to Middle Georgia State University to finish obtaining his private ...

Graduate: Sharrieff S.
Graduate: James W.

I graduated from Fort Stewart Youth ChalleNGe Academy in June 2005. I joined the US Army in September 2005, and served 12 years before getting out this past July. If it wasn't for attending YCA, I probably wouldn't be were I'm at right now. This was definitely one of ...

Graduate: James W.
Graduate: Devon S.

Since graduating from the Milledgeville Youth ChalleNGe Academy in October 2017, Devon has been a cook at Waffle House and has steadily increased his start pay of $7.25 to $10.25 per hour. Devon also just completed his first semester at West Georgia Tech studying welding. He has found his ...

Graduate: Devon S.
Parent: Janie S.

My son was failing school, relationships, mostly himself. He was on a dangerous road heading for destruction. He went to Challenge when he was 16 years old. He learned and accomplished so much. He learned self-discipline, improved his self-esteem ten-fold, graduated high school with HONORS!! He ...

Parent: Janie S.
Parent: Amanda W.

I love this place. My son was going to end up dead or in jail before attending YCA. Now, he is very respectful and thinking about his future. He has done a complete turn around. I'm so thankful for this program. So happy my child could take part in something truely this special.

Parent: Amanda W.
Parent: Tricia S.

This is an awesome place for kids who need structure in order to get themselves together. I saw my son for the 1st time in 6 weeks yesterday and he has changed so much. Best decision.

Parent: Tricia S.
Graduate: Jelani J.

I am a YCA graduate; the program definitely did have challenges and hard times, but I feel like the program set me straight and prepared me to be a successful person later on in life. 

Graduate: Jelani J.
Parent: Naomi V.

I'm happy that my daughter agreed to go to YCA and be away from all family and friends. We miss her, but we know she is doing her best to succeed in the program!!!

Parent: Naomi V.
Parent: Monica T.

This program has done such an amazing job with my son in just 30 days! I already see a change in not only his attitude, but his will to better himself as a young man. I'm a single mom who had done all I knew to do with minimum help and I refused to allow him to fail at life. I battled with ...

Parent: Monica T.

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