The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is one of the most successful programs designed to serve high school dropouts. Over 113,000 cadets have graduated since 1993. Remarkably, over 60% of these graduates — former wayward high school dropouts — have earned their GED or high school diploma while in the program. This percentage is nearly double the average reported pass rate of 41% for the same target age group.
Highlights from the 2012 Annual Report
Compared to similar programs, ChalleNGe is remarkably cost effective. According to the 2012 Annual Report to Congress, a cost-benefit analysis conducted by RAND Corporation determined NGYCP to be cost effective, with a return on investment of $2.66 for every dollar spent.
- 8,703 cadets successfully completed the Residential Phase of the program and graduated.
- 64% of graduated cadets reported positive placement activities at the conclusion of the Post-Residential Phase.
- 59% of the cadets who tested and completed the Residential Phase successfully completed requirements for a GED credential or high school diploma, exceeding the 41% average pass rate for the same age group in reporting Adult Education programs.
- 565,164 hours of volunteer service to the community were performed, representing a value of $11,011,472.93 based on the Federal minimum wage.