Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program Campus Update (June 25, 2020)

Since our campuses closed in March due to COVID-19, the staff at all the campuses have been extremely busy preparing for the eventual return of young people to their respective locations. This planning included the creation of a new daily standard operation procedures(SOP) guide that was developed using protocols and other guidelines that were developed based on the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Public Health, and additional guidance from other education and health related organizations.
These new guidelines established social distancing in all campus facilities such as cadet barracks, classrooms, dining facilities and other locations where cadet engage in the activities of the campus.
Unfortunately, these protocols will allow only a certain number of cadets on each campus, which is much less than the typical class size. So, we highly recommend that if you are not truly committed to completing this program, you should allow us to bring young people to campus who want to make a change in their lives.
We will continue to monitor the process and once we receive confirmation from all appropriate agencies that our reopeoning plans are approved, we will begin the process of bringing cadets back to campus.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at info@gaycp.org.

Cadet Life

Graduate Tati'Anna,  F

I personally volunteered for the Youth Challenge Program. I watched my brother skip a year of high school because of YCA and he graduated with his diploma in class #45 so I followed behind him in class #46. The first day wasn’t a fairy tale, they call the first two weeks hell weeks. Hell it ...

Graduate Tati'Anna, F
Graduate Grace A.

I went to YCA on my 17th birthday on July 19, 2015 and graduated on Dec 19, 2015. I was kicked out of my house and had nowhere else to turn to, so I ended up at YCA to try and finish high school to have more opportunities further in life. At first, it was very hard. I had trouble opening up to ...

Graduate Grace A.
Graduate Kameryn, L.

My name is Kameryn Lavender. I graduated YCA in Milledgeville in April of 2019 Class 5. In the beginning, it was difficult. I say it was difficult because it’s a program for DIFFICULT KIDS! You go in not knowing what to expect. Sometimes there was arguing and fighting, sometimes things ...

Graduate Kameryn, L.
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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