About Us

The purpose of the Youth Challenge Academy Foundation (YCA Foundation), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is to advocate for and support the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program and its cadets.

YCA Foundation supports the State of Georgia’s youth who drop out of secondary school and are engaged in the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program; a 22 week program designed to improve life skills, education levels and employment potential through military based training. The Program also provides supervised work experience in community service and conservation projects.

It is the YCA Foundation’s mission to educate the public, the media and Congress, and others at the state and national level on the positive impact the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program is having on the lives of “at-risk” youth. We also provide scholarships and higher education assistance for the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program graduates and provide financial assistance to the Youth Challenge Program cadets on an urgent need basis. YCA Foundation encourages local officials, civic groups and individuals to volunteer to serve as mentors for Youth Challenge Program cadets and graduates, acquaint industry officials with the employment potential of the Youth Challenge Program graduates and encourage industry to provide them internships, training and entry level jobs supported by mentors.

Board of Directors / Voting Members

Andrea Ruef

Strategic Consulting

Franklin Scott Orr

Vice Chairman
Interim Secretary
Executive Committee
Georgia Power Company

Wendell McNeal

Executive Committee
Keycorp. Financial Inc.

Mitchell Bush

Executive Committee
R.M. Bush & Company

Mary Lou Austin

USO of Georgia, Inc.,
President & CEO

D. Andrew Dill

Lockheed Martin Corporation

John E. Parkerson, Jr

Hall Booth Smith, P. C., Attorney at Law

Col. (Ret) Dan Zachman

MG (Ret) David R. Bockel

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Grandvial Quick

Willard D. Bill Stembridge, Jr.

Former Regional Representative US Senator Chambliss

Rep. Brian Prince

District 127, GA House of Representatives

AL Williams

State Representative

Board of Directors / EX-OFFICIO Members

Col. (Ret) Joe Ferrero

Deputy Adjutant General at Georgia Department of Defense

Col. Wallace Steinbrecher

State Director, Georgia NG YCA Program

Lise Walker

Walker and Company, CPA

Col. (Ret) Frank Williams

Former State Director, Georgia NG YCA Program
and Founder YCA Foundation

Youth ChalleNGe Academy Foundation Inc.

875 Old Roswell Road,

Suite D-500

Roswell, GA 30076

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