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National Guard Youth ChalleNGe: Program Progress in 2015-2016

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is a residential, quasi-military program for youth between the ages of 16 and 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 themid-1990s today there are 40 ChalleNGe sites in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 145,000 young people have completed the ChalleNGe program. Congress requires the ChalleNGe program to deliver a report on its progress each year. The program includes a 5.5-month Residential Phase followed by a 12-month Post-Residential Phase, with support from a mentor. The stated goal of ChalleNGe is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 1618 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens. In this report, we provide information in support of the required annual report to Congress. We also lay out a framework for use in evaluating ChalleNGe sites subsequent reports will provide additional information on future cohorts of students and will build on this framework to develop more detailed and more effective metrics, and will provide strategies for data collection in support of these metrics. Methods used in this study include site visits, data collection and analysis, literature review, and development of two tools to assist in improving the metrics - a theory of change TOC and a program logic model.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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