Approximately 1.3 million high school students drop out of school every year, equaling one out of three. For many, this action signals not only the end of their academic careers but the beginning of a struggle for employment and self-sufficiency; but youth who enter the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program receive a second chance to succeed.
On February 28, 2012, supporters of the National Guard Youth Foundation gathered at the seventh Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala to raise awareness for the “Silent Epidemic” of soaring high school dropout rates. The Gala featured celebrities, members of Congress and the Senate, Governors, senior National Guard and military members, corporate and community leaders, ChalleNGe Program Directors and Cadets.
As a corporate sponsor, Dare Mighty Things, Inc. President and CEO David Van Patten hosted New Hampshire delegates, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Congressman Frank Guinta and New Hampshire Adjutant General, Maj. Gen William Reddel, III. While Dare Mighty Things works with programs that focus on at risk populations across the country, it is especially important to the Portsmouth based consulting agency, to keep New Hampshire’s needs in mind. “Replicating proven programs like Youth ChalleNGe and STARBASE is a great way to bring exceptional educational opportunities to underserved populations” explains Van Patten “any state could benefit from programs like these.”
Dare Mighty Things, Inc. designed the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program’s mentoring model and mentor/mentee training and is currently providing national level training and technical assistance to the program serving thirty-four ChalleNGe academies in twenty-seven states and one territory. To learn more about the National Guard Youth Foundation and the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program visit www.ngyf.org.
To learn more about seventh Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala, watch this clip from event host, Jon Scott from Happening Now on Fox News.