March 2009 – On March 8, 2009, the New York Times featured the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a highly successful national program for high school dropouts. DMT has been engaged by the National Guard Bureau since the program’s start seventeen years ago to assist in the design, development, and implementation of the Youth ChalleNGe program.
The Times article calls the ChalleNGe program “the most successful large-scale program yet evaluated to help dropouts.” It goes on to describe the positive effect the program has on troubled and misguided teenagers, featuring a study done by New York-based research group MDRC. The study reveals that ChalleNGe graduates are much more likely than the control group to have a GED or diploma (460% higher) and to be working or attending college (50% higher). They are also much less likely to be arrested.
DMT continues to design, develop, and implement ChalleNGe program components, and currently trains over 1,000 front line program staff each year.