Question or assistance needed in the application process should be directed to Admissions as follows:
Last Name Begins A-C David John (912) 876-1724 Cell (912) 977-2863
Last Name Begins D-I Terry Dow (912) 876-1723 Cell (912) 432-0693
Last Name Begins J-Q Linda Bennett (912) 876-1722 Cell (912) 977-6717
Last name Begins R-Z Steve Cooper (912) 876-1721 Cell (912) 977-3154
A Tough, Demanding, No-Nonsense Approach for Your
Established in 1993, the Academy is located at the National Guard Training Center, Fort Stewart, Georgia. This is a Federal and State funded program offered at " No Tuition Cost " to the participant. Youth ChalleNGe training is divided into two phases: a twenty-two week Residential Phase, and a twelve-month Post-Residential Phase. Youth ChalleNGe Academy is Tobacco Free.
The ChalleNGe Phase focuses on the following four training areas: Military, Academic, Life Skills, and Work Skills. The first two weeks of this phase will be an acclimation period. The objective of the acclimation period is to subject cadets to physical, leadership and mental challenges designed to assist and prepare cadets to complete the Residential Phase.
Military: The Academy is modeled after a U.S. Army basic training company. Cadets are trained in traditional Drill and Ceremony, Military Customs and Courtesies, Teamwork, and Military Leadership. Physical Fitness, First Aid, CPR, Climbing, and Rappelling also play an important part in the military training. Military structure creates a strictly enforced, disciplined environment.
Life Skills: Training focuses on those subjects that help prepare Cadets for meeting future adult obligations. Subject areas include 150 hours of the following: finances, health and hygiene, stress management, insurance, service to community, and citizenship.Upon completion of Life Skills and the GED, cadets are eligible for optional post-secondary instruction.
Academic: Training begins with GED preparation classes. Cadets work individually on a self-paced program which allows teachers to give one-on-one instruction to those who need additional help. Cadets who qualify may enroll in college-level courses offered by a local community or technical college (college courses offered are transferable). Other certificate-producing courses may be offered.
Work Skills are defined as skills needed to gain and maintain employment. Cadets learn to identify personal skills, interests, and abilities. Cadets learn to identify their qualifications and search for selected jobs. They also learn to write resumes, complete applications, and participate in job interviews. Cadets may also have opportunities to job shadow in local jobs to gain additional knowledge and skills.
Please direct all inquiries regarding entry into our program or status of an application to the Admissions Department.