The program and courses provided are free. Parents must pay for personal clothing items, medical co-pays, graduation expenses, and etc.
Applicants must be from 16 through 18 years of age on the day the program starts. We will accept your student application for a 15-year-old. The application will be held until they turn 16 for the next class.
ChalleNGe accepts both male and female applicants.
Everyone must interview. After you submit an application you will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview.
One legal parent/guardian must be present.
A group orientation and a brief question and answering period. Plan to be here approximately 2-3 hours.
No. Becoming a cadet does not require anyone to join the military. Some of our graduates do join the Military with no pressure from Youth Challenge. You will be introduced to a wide variety of educational, training, and employment possibilities.
You will have the opportunity take the Military Entrance Exam (ASVAB) twice.
Visitation is not allowed until the scheduled family day. Family Day is about eight weeks after the enrollment date. Parents/Guardians are given dates of all passes.
You communicate through letters. Phone calls are made once a week after the first two weeks. Family and friends may leave comments on the SCYCA Facebook Page found here: South Carolina Youth Challenge Facebook
No. Parents/guardians will be notified by our staff if money is needed.
Personal mail should be addressed as follows: SCYCA Candidate: _________________ Plt#: ___ 5471 Leesburg Road, Bldg# 3891 Eastover, SC 29044
Complete the OrderForm and mail it to Balfour (the address is on the form) with the requested payment. The ring will be sent directly to you.
3D Printing, Driver’s Training, Forklift Certification, ServSafe Certification, Media Arts Classes (AMAP), DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Certification, Work Keys testing, ASVAB testing, Healing Species Program, Junior Master Gardener’s Program, Life Skills Classes.
Opportunities are available to eligible graduates include: Ameri-Corp, Job Corp, POST Challenge located at Aiken Technical College), etc. Case managers work with cadets to help find the right fit. Not all cadets are eligible for these programs.