A rigorous three-year evaluation shows positive results for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which aims to re-engage at-risk youth who have dropped out of high school and support them in attaining the skills and values to succeed as adults.
"This report presents data on (the evaluation of 10 ChallenNGe sites) the program's impacts, based mainly on a survey administered to the young people in the evaluation an average of three years after they entered the study. In addition, the report discusses the findings from a series of in-depth telephone interviews with ChalleNGe graduates who had recently completed the three-year survey" (p. ix). ChalleNGe is an intensive residential program that currently operates in more than half the states. More than 100,000 young people have completed the program since it was launched in the early 1990s" (p. ES-1). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Key findings from the survey include: • "The program group was much more likely than those in the control group to have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a high school diploma and to have earned college credits" (p.ES-6). •"Young people in the program group were more likely to be employed at the time of the survey, and they earned about 20 percent more than their control group counterparts in the year before the survey" (p.ES-6). • "There were few statistically significant differences between groups on measures of crime, delinquency, health, or lifestyle outcomes" (p.ES-7). (Abstractor: Website Staff)