National Guard Youth ChalleNGe
Nov 1, 2017
This report presents information on recent participants of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a quasi-military program for young people lacking a high school diploma, as required by Congress. It also documents program progress in academics, physical fitness, and other areas, as well as progress toward the goals to develop longer-term metrics to measure program effectiveness and to determine how site-level differences influence effectiveness.
Program Progress in 2016–2017
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The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is a residential, quasi-military program for young people ages 16–18 who are experiencing difficulty in traditional high school. The program is operated by participating states through their state National Guard organizations with supporting federal funds and oversight. The first ChalleNGe sites began in the mid-1990s; today there are 40 ChalleNGe sites in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, nearly 155,000 young people have completed the ChalleNGe program.
This report is the second in a series supporting ChalleNGe's reporting requirement to Congress. RAND researchers' analyses of ChalleNGe began in September 2016; ongoing efforts will continue through June 2020. We will produce two more reports in the coming years. This report presents information on recent National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program participants (those who entered ChalleNGe during 2016). This report also documents progress toward the second main goal of the project: to develop longer-term metrics to measure the effectiveness of the program and to determine how site-level differences influence effectiveness. These metrics will make it possible to determine how well the ChalleNGe program is doing in meeting its mission, "to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16–18-year-old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens."
Introduction: The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
Data and Analyses: 2016 ChalleNGe Classes
Current and Future Analyses in Support of ChalleNGe
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