Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program UPDATE (Oct. 30, 2020)

Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program cadets continue to thrive after the first nine weeks of their journey toward success.

Cadets at both Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon campuses are doing extremely well in both their academic endeavors and their personal growth as they complete the first nine weeks of this 22-week journey toward success.

Both campuses report that cadets are doing well in the GED classes and testing and those in the High School credit program are progressing toward their academic goals as well.

The cadets have settled into the daily routine and truly becoming positive and productive young people as they march toward their successful completion of this program.

Associates at the Job ChalleNGe Academy campus are also progressing through their vocational training at both Savannah Technical College and Coastal Pines Technical Colleges. The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates have demonstrated the fortitude to continue to grow while developing skills that will lead them toward future careers.

Discussions are already being had about how best to celebrate their success at graduation which is scheduled for December 19th. These plans will be announced as they become more solidified by the campus leaders.

Thinking Safety

We continue to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment for the cadet and the staff as we execute our COVID-19 protocols everyday. Georgia has become a model for other program across the country in how we prepared and conduct our COVID-19 safety SOPs.

During the shutdown, each campus has adapted daily operations to maintaining a positive environment that puts the health and safety of our students first. The staff prepared their campus facilities to meet Department of Public Health requirements to keep our students safe.  Social distancing, smaller class sizes, and other appropriate measures have been developed so that all cadets and staff can operate in a safe environment. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will update this website and our social media platforms as the situation requires to best inform the public on our future operations.

To find out more about how GAYCP is focusing on COVID-19 mitigation, click here to find out more.

NOW is the time to apply to the Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Academy?

Now that we have reopened our campuses, families interested in an alternative education program that provides both a structured education platform and a program that teaches personal responsibility and character development, there is urgency in getting a GAYCP application submitted.

Our limited capacity will continue into the next year!

As we now begin our admissions process for our January 2021 classes at both Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon. It is expected that we will continue to have reduced class sizes due to the social distancing requirements we are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

APPLY NOW to the Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program for a challenging and productive adventure towards becoming the successful men and women of the future. Check us out at  www.georgiayouthchallenge.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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