After Graduation


The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program uses a Youth Initiated Mentoring match – the applicant applying to the program identifies a potential Mentors from their local community. These Mentors are formally screened and trained prior matching.

Once formally matched, the Cadet and Mentor are allowed to spend off-site time together, often performing community service together or exploring job and school options. The mentoring relationship forms the core of a youth’s Post-Residential ChalleNGe experience. It is within the safety of this relationship that a young person can evaluate what was learned in ChalleNGe and apply it to real life.

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Job Challenge

Job Challenge Academy is the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program’s fourth campus. It is located at Fort Stewart. Initially a Department of Labor funded pilot program, it has since become a permanent program under NGYCA as of 2019. There are less than 10 Job Challenge programs currently in the nation. Ft Stewart was one of the original three under the DOL pilot.

The Youth Challenge Academy Foundation can help selected graduates with a scholarship to bridge the gap to achieve the NEXT level of education and to specialize in their field!


Job Corps

There are three locations in Georgia, Atlanta, Albany and Brunswick. Job Corps is a federally funded program that currently partners with FSYCA and MYSA allowing graduates to be co-enrolled and to provide vocational and academic programs at the Ft Stewart and Milledgeville locations. It has its headquarters in Albany at the Turner Job Corps campus. The nations largest free education and job training program!

Click here to view the Job Corps website

Technical College Education

Graduates can get started on a rewarding career and have 100% of the college tuition costs covered with Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant. A technical college education is about $3,200 including tuition and fees. Students who receive a HOPE Grant paid only an estimated $1,200 per year for school. Graduates can choose from 600 different degree, diploma & certificate programs.

The Youth Challenge Academy Foundation can help graduates to bridge the financial gap to successfully and worry free finish their education!

In-State College Education

Graduates have a wide variety of choices when considering a college education. Here is link to all public colleges in GA ranked

Financial aid is available through the HOPE Scholarship and Grant program, the State of Georgia’s flagship gift aid package. HOPE, which stands for “Helping Outstanding Students Educationally,” has given out, on average, over $331,000,000 per year since its inception in 1993.

The Youth Challenge Academy Foundation provides scholarships to selected graduates to help them successfully finish their education!

Click here to find out more about HOPE and other Georgia scholarships

Military Career

Good news for graduates – within the military there are several different career opportunities to be exploited – the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, Marine Corps or the Coastguard. With the help of his/her mentor and statt at the academy, a graduate has to carefully evaluate and check for the one that suits his/her skills set and interests.

Click here to learn more about a military career


Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program website here.

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