Georgia Youth ChalleNGe – A Life-Changing Program

School Counseling News ,

Do you need a path to help your students who have been left behind due to the COVID Pandemic? The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program can be your best opportunity to provide them a positive future.

As you are very well aware, the COVID Pandemic has created a vacuum for many of your students at risk who have struggled in their academic journey, often with no positive path to make up any academic credits they’ve lost in the past year.

The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program is a voluntary alternative education program open to 16 to 18-year old students who are behind academically or have already left school and who are looking for a way to change their lives through education, service to the community, physical fitness, and life skills training. 

Our 22-week residential, military-style, tuition-free program helps young people earn their GED, or High School diploma and offers pathways to enroll in college, enter the workforce or join the military. 

With our education partner, Foothills Charter Education High School,, we offer a path for students to earn between 6-8 high school credits that can be transferred back to your traditional school setting. Along with these earned academic credits, our students develop a more positive attitude with our Life Skills curriculum, Leadership training, Mentoring program, and so much more.

Now is the time to apply! Our next classes begin in July and our two campus locations at Fort Gordon in Augusta and Fort Stewart in Hinesville are currently receiving and reviewing applications.  Have your students at risk begin their application process today by going to the GAYCP application page.

Our capacity is limited due to the required social distancing protocols, so do not hesitate to get an application to us quickly.

We offer monthly online information sessions using ZOOM where you can find out more and ask questions you may have about our program. Check out our calendar for those dates.

If you have a question you can contact our admissions team to find out more and to set up a meeting with your counseling team and even families that you believe would benefit from our program.

Since 1993, Georgia has graduated over 17,700 young people from this program and over 50% have earned an academic credential, either a GED or High School diploma, that provided them the ticket to a more productive future.

The Georgia Youth ChalleNGe Program is your best tool in your counseling toolkit to change the lives of students at risk that you work with every day!


David Bill,