Program Aimed at Dropouts Worth the Investment
|March 13, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Juvenile Delinquency, Program Model, Research||
A recent study from the RAND Corporation on the effectiveness of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a residential and mentoring program aimed at 16 and 17 year old high school dropouts, found the intervention to be both cost effective and beneficial to the youth cadets.
A rigorous evaluation of the program (that operates in over half of the states of the country) found substantial long-term benefits to the program participants including a high level of educational attainment and the related social and financial rewards. A cost-benefit analysis of Youth ChalleNGe estimated that it provided $2.66 worth of social benefits for each $1.00 invested in the program. The report did not identify many long-term benefits to the larger community (such as reduced criminal activity) associated with the program, however, some may be inferred from the significant impact on the individual participants.
The full report, A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program by Francisco Perez-Arce, Louay Constant, David S. Loughran and Lynn A. Karoly, and a one-page summary of the findings are available at the RAND website.