When do cadets get to go home?
Cadets get two placement passes during the residential phase of the program. These passes are mandatory for the purpose of the Cadet obtaining positive placement which is a requirement for program completion. For more information concerning placement passes please refer to the Parent Handbook.
Can I come and visit my cadet?
We have one scheduled “Family Day” where the family can come and visit. Cadets receive two placement passes during the residential phase. Mentors can arrange to visit their Cadet once a background check has been done, and the Mentor has attended training. Emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis.
How do I talk to my cadet?
Our basic methods of communication between you and your cadet is by regular mail and/or email. Email is a one way only communication and it delivered Monday – Friday (Excluding Holidays). Click Here to email your Cadet.
How many hours of school a day as well as how many days per week?
You will be in Academic classes a minimum of 5 hours a day, Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)
What type of courses do I take?
All basic core classes including Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Vocational classes.
Can I get my GED while at the program?
Yes, but in order to earn a GED, the cadet must pass all the required GED tests. Attending the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy does NOT guarantee that the cadet will earn a GED.
If I want to do credit recovery how many High School credit will I get?
Yes, you will receive 1/2 credit for each course you take with a minimum of 2 1/2
Can I enroll in College with a GED?
With a GED you have the ability to enroll in Community College. The majority of four year colleges will accept students on a junior basis if they have a two year degree from a community college. Most four year colleges do not accept GEDs for standard admission.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is the presence of a caring responsible adult who, along with the guardian or parent, provides support, motivation, guidance, advice and friendship in order to help a young person succeed.
What does Mentoring mean to a child?
To a child mentoring means to have a responsible, caring role model and friend to look up to. This role model can help them achieve their goals in life.
Once I become a mentor how do I begin contact with my mentee?
Prospective mentors can start writing to their mentees immediately starting day one.
How often can I visit my mentee at the academy?
Mentors, once screened, are allowed to visit their mentee twice a week. Visits must be authorized. If mentors would like to eat with their mentee, they can do so during academy hours in the dining facility. No food can be brought on campus. Visits are to be mission specific, examples are; discussing post-residential action plan, filling out job applications, assistance on resume etc.
What happens if I run into a problem with my mentee?
It is not easy for a young person to trust an adult, it may take a long time to build trust in the mentoring relationship. you as the mentor cannot interpret caution as rejection, it is likely that the youth may not even know that they need your assistance. Patience and time is the key.