Parents View

Your Response Needs to Be a Firm “NO!!”

By News, Parents View

A parent of a Cycle 35 graduate encourages not only the new class, Cycle 36 candidates but also gives the parents a few great words of advice. 

First of all, congratulations to all the candidates for choosing to redirect your future & to change your life for the better. This is a one time opportunity to get on track so no matter how hard you believe that it is, stay focused on the end goal, GRADUATION! 22 1/2 weeks will be over before you know it and at that point, you’ll be ready for the world with a new attitude.

Parents…most of you (not all) are like me…the mother that feels the need to protect your child from EVERYTHING! There is nothing wrong with protecting your child, for the right reasons. However protecting too much and when unnecessary, can lead to your child developing a lack of coping skills, insecurities, low self-esteem, etc. This program will defeat them and challenge everything they have been taught thus far. However it will rebuild them into a person with direction, self-esteem, coping skills, manners, strength, respect for others and education. So please hear me when I say,”If your child calls you and says they hate it, they’re starving and they want to come home!” Your response needs to be a firm “NO!!” Do not bail your child out he/she needs to be right where they are! You do not need to feel ANY guilt or remorse because trust me, you are doing the best thing you can possibly do, for your child. I promise you, they are NOT starving. In fact, they’re eating exactly what they need to.

My daughter graduated Cycle #35 and she is on her way to Aiken Technical College along with a scholarship to a 3D Printing school in Virginia. In fact, she is in Virginia right now and she’s enjoying it. Seven months ago we were in dire straits with her education and none of us were getting along. God will work miracles if you have faith. God bless and good luck to all the new candidates and parents. – Amy Marie, Parent of Cadet Bray, Cycle 35 Graduate





Published by Marissa Vannall

Parent Experience Cycle 32

By Challenge Updates, News, Parents View

Parent Experience:  Ms. Catina Lamb

Cadet Jacob Ready and I heard about this program from his NJROTC teacher at Aiken High school. Jacob had been having a lot of problems the past year skipping school and not doing his work.  He had been getting into trouble at home as well. My family went everywhere trying to get my son help. We went to visit South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy and I thought this is the place for my son. I did not want him to end up at DJJ.  I am glad my son decided to take the Challenge and attend this academy. Jacob came home on February 28, 2014  for the first time since January 6, 2014.  I could really can see a change in him for the better. We visited his old school  and his teachers did not even recognize him. I know he’s got a little ways to go, I thank you all for everything that you all are doing for these boys and girls. I would recommend this place to anyone. I can say I’m a proud mom.

Cadet Jacob Ready

Cadet Jacob Ready

Personal Statement from: Ms. Goodwin

By Parents View

Personal Statement from: Ms. Goodwin

Parent of Cadet Ra’Shawn Goodwin

My son struggled academically throughout school. It seemed to get worse after he failed a grade. I made a decision to pull him out of public school. I home schooled Ra’Shawn with the hope of  getting him back in his correct grade. After two years of home schooling, our family decided it would be best for him to go back to public school.  He started out great with his grades, but then he went downhill. He was never disrespectful to me, his father or any other adult for that matter. It seemed his problem was not being able to focus in class; he was silly at times and found life to be fun and games. I admit I was getting to my end, because I wanted nothing but success for my child. With all my efforts nothing was working. Ra’Shawn just seemed to give up because he was so far behind in school. My family has a great support system and we just could not figure out what went wrong. I thought about other program, but didn’t like the reviews I was reading. I reached out to his school counselor in desperation, to see what we could do together to try to help him get where he needed to be.

After not getting the support or answers I was looking for, the counselor then began to give me a list of alternative programs. The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy (SCYCA) stood out to me. I researched SCYCA over and over, read reviews and decided this maybe the place for my son. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first.  After attending a SCYCA  orientation, and meeting some of the staff, I felt this was it! Nothing was sugar coated, I felt my son needed this program. My family dropped Ra’Shawn off January  6, 2014  for intake,  our next time seeing him was February 28, 2014 family day pass. I saw a difference  in my son already! He has matured so much in such little time. He even washed the dishes after breakfast without anyone telling him to do so. That meant a lot to me, because, this is something he would have never done. I am a proud mom right now!  I know this is just the beginning for him. Thanks to all the staff at SCYCA keep up the great work.


 Da’Shelia A. Goodwin


Cadet Ra'Shawn Goodwin

Cadet Ra’Shawn Goodwin