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The Military and Youth Outreach Programs.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States National Guard was directed by Congress to test Youth Outreach programs. Congressional intent was to test and evaluate the utilization of the National Guard in providing high school dropouts a way to enter mainstream society and compete as responsible citizens. The program focused on high school dropouts in the 16 to 18 year old range who are drug free, unemployed and not in trouble with the judicial system. The National Guard, utilizing military leadership techniques, physical fitness training, academic instruction and role modeling was tasked. At the center of the program was General Education Degree GED training. The goal was to graduate as many students possible with a GED, as well as providing other life coping skills such as conflict resolution, responsible citizenship and financial planning. Upon completing the resident program, students are assigned a mentor, who would provide assistance to the youth. The mentor would provide assistance and would track and report success or failure of the student for a period of a year after graduation from the program This research paper explores the details of the program, analyzes results and provides recommendations regarding keeping, expanding or eliminating the program.
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