At NGYF, we want every teen who has dropped out of school to find a way back to graduation.
NGYF is dedicated to addressing the nation's dropout crisis by giving troubled youth a second chance, helping them graduate and continue their education or joined the skilled workforce in America.
The cornerstone of our efforts is to raise funds that go toward the expansion of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which draws on the structure of the military to give organizational skills and direction, as well as guidance and mentorship to help raise self-esteem and instill a sense of integrity and character in youth who might otherwise be forgotten and left behind.
The Youth ChalleNGe Program is one of the few programs for disadvantaged youth that has undergone rigorous evaluations and has shown success for both its participants and funders.
» For ChalleNGe participants, an independent multi-year study of the program by MDRC shows that high school diploma/GED attaniment increased by 29 percent, college attendance by 86 percent and annual earnings by 20 percent.
» For funders, an independent cost-benefit analysis conducted by the RAND Corporation shows a 166 percent return on investment for every dollar spent on the program.
Currently, there are 34 ChalleNGe programs in 27 states and Puerto Rico that serve approximately 8,500 teens a year. There are so many more young people the program can help!
Through a formal partnership between the National Guard Bureau and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, we are kick-starting the effort to scale the program by 30 percent by 2014.
Every and any young individual at risk of being lost and forgotten deserves a second chance. Help us provide that second chance to more young men and women by supporting our efforts to scale the Youth ChalleNGe Program. Contact us here.