Rising to the challenge of a second chance for “dropout” youth

An estimated five million 16 to 24-year olds in the United States are not in education or employment at any one time. The National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) – combining residential training with community support – shows how positive youth development interventions offer some of them a “second chance”.

The first randomized controlled trial used to evaluated the 17-month program since its creation in 1993 has found favorable impacts on educational achievement and employment being maintained among young people three years after they started to take part.

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