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National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
Dropout Prevention

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program was found to have potentially positive effects on completing school for at-risk youth.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a residential education and training program designed for youth ages 16–18 who have dropped out of or been expelled from high school. During a 22-week residential period, participants are offered GED (General Educational Development) preparation classes and other program services intended to promote positive youth development, such as leadership, job skills, and service to the community. The residential period is quasi-military (youth live in barracks, wear uniforms, and experience military-style discipline), but there are no requirements for military service. After the residential period, trainees participate in a 1-year structured mentoring program. Trainees select their own mentors. After selection, mentors are screened and trained by the program.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
4
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Completing school Potentially positive effects 11-12
 
 
23

Last Updated: September 2010

Race

Black
40%
White
41%
Not specified
5%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
14%
Not Hispanic
86%

Gender

Male: 84%
Female: 16%

Delivery Method

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Individual

Locations

IL, MI, WI, FL, GA, MS, NC, TX, CA, NM
Midwest, South, West


Related Resources

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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