The National Guard’s Youth Challenge is the “most successful large-scale program yet evaluated to help dropouts,” reports the New York Times.
Nine months after participants left the program, they were 36 percent more likely than those in the control group to have obtained a G.E.D. or a high school degree. They were more than three times as likely to be attending college and 9 percent more likely to be working full time.
Youth Challenge recruits dropouts without felony records; it expels those who “fail a drug test, steal or fight.” About 20 percent drop out, usually in the first few weeks. But those who stick with it usually complete a GED. Half go into civilian jobs; 15 to 20 percent join the military.