Sep 6, 2022
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe is a residential, quasi-military program for young people ages 16 to 18 who experience difficulty in traditional high school. This sixth annual report documents the progress of participants in 2020–2021. The report includes trends from the Youth ChalleNGe program and implementation analyses of the new Job ChalleNGe program, which serves Youth ChalleNGe graduates.
National Guard Youth ChalleNGe is a residential, quasi-military program for young people ages 16 to 18 who are experiencing difficulty in traditional high school. This report covers the program years 2020–2021 and is the sixth in a series of annual reports that RAND Corporation researchers have issued over the course of two research projects.
Each annual report supports the program's required annual report to Congress and documents the progress of participants who entered ChalleNGe during specific program years. In this report, the authors provide information on program participants in 2020–2021. The report also describes analyses in support of the Job ChalleNGe program.
The analytic approach includes a synthesis of the existing literature, qualitative data collected from virtual site visits and interviews, and quantitative program data. Caveats to be considered include some documented inconsistencies in reported data across sites and the short-run nature of many of the metrics reported here. This report will be of interest to ChalleNGe program staff and to personnel providing oversight for the program; it may also be of interest to policymakers and researchers concerned with designing effective youth programs or determining appropriate metrics by which to track progress in youth programs.
Introduction: The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe and Job ChalleNGe Programs
Data and Analyses, 2020 ChalleNGe Classes
Analyses in Support of Job ChalleNGe
Assessing Outcomes Among ChalleNGe Participants
Closing Thoughts, Recommendations, and Next Steps
Supplemental Information on ChalleNGe Sites
Value-Added Models: Background, Modeling Choices, Additional Results
Measuring Outcomes Among Job ChalleNGe Participants