Prevention Science

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 448–459 | Cite as

Supporting the Transition to Adulthood among High School Dropouts: An Impact Study of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program

  • Megan Millenky
  • Sarah E. O. Schwartz
  • Jean E. Rhodes


Using a multi-year, random assignment design, this study evaluated the effects of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP), an intensive residential intervention program for youth ages 16–18 who have dropped out of high school. The sample included 1,173 youth (predominantly male) of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds from ten NGYCP sites across the country. Positive impacts on educational and employment outcomes were sustained 3 years after entering the program, with older participants generally showing greater benefits than younger participants. Implications for research and practice are discussed.


High school dropout Transition to adulthood Impact study 



The authors gratefully acknowledge David Van Patten and Dare Mighty Things, Dan Bloom, and other members of the Challenge evaluation team and the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MCJ Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the US Department of Defense.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Millenky
    • 1
  • Sarah E. O. Schwartz
    • 2
  • Jean E. Rhodes
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Well-Being and Child Development PolicyMDRCNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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