High School Counselors

The Georgia National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program provides a “Second Chance” for Georgia’s at-risk youth, 16 to 18 years of age, who have not yet graduated from high school and who are willing to make a life-changing decision to volunteer for enrollment into this 22-week military-style residential program. At the Youth Challenge Academy, cadets will have the opportunity to earn their academic credentials (GED, High School diploma, or earn transferrable high school credit and return back to their high school).


All Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program cadets attend academic classes Monday-Friday as they prepare themselves for an opportunity to earn their academic credentials.

Approximately 50% of GAYCP cadets who complete the program earn their academic credential.

Cadets can earn a General Education Diploma (GED), or through our partnership with Foothills Education Charter High School, accumulate high school credit or earn a high school diploma.

Foothills, is an accredited, state-funded high school aligned with Georgia state standards that offers our cadets a tuition free, self paced, online program monitored by certified faculty and staff.

FECHS provides an  environment that is focused on the individual cadet’s academic development and success.

Eligible cadets are able to accumulate high school academic credits in a virtual environment that allows them to transfer back to their previous high school.

For those entering GAYCP with sufficient academic credits (16+ accepted academic credits), a cadet could potentially earn their high school diploma while in attendance at GAYCP. Attainment of a high school diploma opens more employment doors that would remain closed otherwise.

NOTE: We require a complete copy of an applicant’s academic transcripts and behavior records from all previously attended  academic institutions as part of their application for GAYCP admission.



For further information about GaYCP, contact Mr. David Bill, Director of Recruiting & Outreach at david.bill@gaycp.org or phone at 404-274-4079(M).

For further information about Foothills Charter Education High School, contact Ms. Melissa Griffin, Regional Director for Special Campuses at melissa.griffin@foothillscharter.org or phone at 770-527-4554(m).