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Connecting high school dropouts to employment and education: an impact study of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

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Abstract This paper presents findings from the multi-year, random assignment study of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP), an intensive residential program for high school dropouts. The “second chance” program gives youth an opportunity to earn a high school credential and prepare to enter the workforce or continue on to post-secondary education. The NGCYP study sample includes 1173 youth, ages 16–18, from ten program sites across the USA. Positive impacts on employment and educational outcomes were sustained 3 years after entering the study, with some evidence of older participants benefiting more than younger participants. Implications for research and practice are discussed. JEL codes: J1, I26

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  • Megan Millenky, 2016. "Connecting high school dropouts to employment and education: an impact study of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program," IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-17, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:izalpo:v:5:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1186_s40173-016-0065-x
    DOI: 10.1186/s40173-016-0065-x
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    Keywords

    High school dropout; Youth employment; Transition to adulthood; Impact study;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education

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