July 2010 – A team of Dare Mighty Things (DMT) employees recently returned from San Diego, California where they worked to host the 2010 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe annual workshop. The annual workshop attended by 217 senior ChalleNGe program staff included planning sessions, seminars, and a keynote address from Hill Harper, star of CSI: New York and award-winning author. DMT staff orchestrated the four day event that served as a venue for participants to share innovative ideas and practices, learn from each other, and become inspired and equipped to make improvements in their programs.
ChalleNGe is an innovative national program that is producing remarkable outcomes in the lives of high school dropouts. Over 85 percent of the program’s nearly 100,000 graduates are productively employed or continuing their education 12 months after graduating from the program. Currently, there are 32 ChalleNGe programs in 27 states and the territory of Puerto Rico.
Keynote speaker Harper was a fitting choice for this audience, he is committed to the importance of education in unlocking potential through helping children set and reach goals. In addition to being an accomplished film, television and stage actor, Hill Harper also received the prestigious American Library Association Award, naming his new New York Times bestselling book, Letters To A Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, the BEST BOOK FOR YOUTH AND TEENS in 2007. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Brown University and a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School, he also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.