If you are a member of the Illinois National Guard or are a retired
member of the Armed Forces, your service and unique experience and
knowledge can be used in helping a young person receive a second
chance at an education and a successful life.
Plans, Operations and Training (POTO) Department
produces daily training schedules, plans community projects and
develops instruction letters for various events.
Academics Department provides all GED,
selected life skills, and computer instruction to cadets. Basic
requirements include a Bachelor Degree in Education or related field
and/or equivalent experience and a state of Illinois teaching certificate.
Counseling Department provides placement
assistance and limited mental health counseling to the cadets. Basic
requirements include a Bachelor Degree in Counseling or related
field and/or equivalent experience.
Cadre Department are the primary supervisors
for cadets providing guidance, care and when necessary, disciplinary
actions. Basic requirements include a minimum of 2 years progressive
military experience, progressive professional military education,
and be E-4 or above.
Admissions and Graduate Affairs manages
the recruitment of mentors as well as monitors and tracks the Post
Resident Phase of LCA.
Logistics Department performs administrative
services and provides equipment, supplies and services as required.
This also includes the Budget Office, Management Information Services
Medical Department provides daily medical
attention to cadets to include sick call, health training and emergency
care as needed. Basic requirements include an EMT license or equivalent
Security Department provides general
security of the staff, students, and property, and performs investigations
as required. Basic requirements include completion of Military or
Civilian Police Training Course and one year of experience.
Human Resource Department performs technical
human resource functions. It also performs liaison duties with the
State Comptroller's office and the State Personnel Office.
Payroll Department manages payroll,
attendance and deferred compensations programs and processes payroll
organization of Lincoln's ChalleNGe
Youth Challenge is facilitated by the National
Guard Bureau (NGB) in Washington, DC. Operational techniques
and results are monitored and managed by NGB, who reports to Congress
on the progress of Youth Challenge.
The Governor of Illinois is the Commander
in Chief of the Illinois National Guard. As such, the Governor
is the approving authority for Lincoln's Challenge Academy and continues
to oversee its success.
The Adjutant General (AG) for Illinois
is the senior National Guard representative in the state. The AG
is responsible for all aspects of the Illinois National Guard to
include Lincoln's Challenge Academy.
The Special Chief of Staff, Illinois
National Guard, is the primary officer in charge of Lincoln's Challenge
Representatives from both private and public
sector comprise the State Advisory Board. The Board is responsible
for assessing the performance of LCA and makes recommendations concerning
the Academy's operation. Additionally, the Board promotes public
awareness and community support for the Academy.
The Director of Lincoln's Challenge
Academy assumes overall responsibility for the conduct of the course.
The Deputy Director oversees the primary
departments of the program and reports to the Director.