Youth Challenge Academy, Fort Gordon, GA, March 8, 2011 – State Rep. Barbara Massey Reece (right) poses with Matthew Humphrey, a Chattooga County constituent who graduated from the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy (YCA) on Mar. 5, 2011.  Representative Reece was one of the speakers at the YCA Graduation.

Humphrey, from Summerville, was a member of the largest class ever to graduate from YCA and the class which consisted of the 10,000th YCA graduation. 

The 13-year old Youth Challenge Academy is an all volunteer, 22-week, military-styled youth program that emphasizes academic completion, life skills development and physical fitness. Reece, a retired teacher of 30 years indicated that she strongly supports YCA because she has witnessed the progress the program makes in the lives of “at risk” children in such a short period of time.

Humphrey says of his YCA experience, “It’s been a long five months, but it is worth it." Humphrey is available to talk about the YCA and his experiences with the program.  He plans to enlist in the United States Air Force after his seventeenth birthday.


(Georgia National Guard photo by Spc. Denise Durbin-Carlton)