Model Program

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

Office of Athletics and Youth Development
1411 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
http://www.ngycp.org/site/node/13

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Contact Information:
Joe Padillo
Director
800.539.7700
info@ngycp.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program, targets participants who are unemployed, drug-free and law-free high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years of age. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a community-based program that leads, trains and mentors at-risk youth so that they may become productive citizens in America's future. This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation's most effective and cost efficient programs for targeting youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, GED, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 1993
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Misbehavior

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Foundations
Donations

Teachers
Counselors

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

National Guard Merrill Lynch Wal-Mart

Evaluation Information:

The majority of our success is measured in the success stories of our cadets. Over 70% of 2005 ChalleNGe graduates received their high school diploma or GED. Over 57% joined the work force. 12.3% joined the military. 26.7% continued their education. Program participants have donated nearly 5 million hours of community service during the program's 14-year duration. Programs have awarded graduates over 40,000 academic credentials since 1993. Nearly 70,000 teens have graduated as of December 2006; Over 170,000 have applied.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.ngycp.org/site/node/21