|National Guard Youth Challenge Program
Yo u t h - A t - R i s k : S a v e t h e N e x t G e n e r a t i o n
Since 1990, Federal education funding has more than doubled2 and this increased funding has failed
to increase achievement. Student test scores have remained stagnant. Additionally, less than threequarters
of white students are graduating from high school and only half of America’s black and
Hispanic students graduate3. The social and economic implications of dropping out of high school
continue to be documented in studies across all disciplines.
MOMENTS IN AMERICA
Every 9 seconds a high school student drops out
Every 20 seconds a child is arrested
Every 37 seconds a baby is born to a mother who is not a high school graduate
Every minute a baby is born to a teen mother
Every 8 minutes a child is arrested for violent crimes
Every 4 minutes a child is arrested for drug abuse
Every 3 hours a child or teen is killed with a fi rearm
Every 5 hours a child or teen commits suicide
Every 6 hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect
Source: Children’s Defense Fund, Leave No Child Behind, 2005, http://www.childrensdefense.org/data/moments.aspx.
A Census Bureau report4 reveals the average annual earnings in 2001 for adults without a high school
diploma were $18,793 per year compared to $26,795 for high school graduates and $50,623 for college
graduates. The Bureau of Justice statistics identifi ed5 that 68% of state prison inmates do not have a
high school diploma and 47% of drug offenders have neither a high school diploma nor a GED.
A Vanderbilt University report, The Monetary Value of Saving a High Risk Youth6, identifi es the
generally estimated monetary value of intervening in the life of a high-risk youth to be between $1.5
and $2.0 million. Additionally, the Rand report, Diverting Children from a Life of Crime, Measuring
Costs and Benefi ts, assessed the cost-effective impact of crime prevention strategies that involved
early intervention in the lives of youth at risk for criminal behavior, including high school-age youth.
This report promoted the positive results of intervention programs for at-risk youth that provide life
coping skill-building opportunities in a structured and supervised environment.
To see the program in its entirety go to http://www.defenselink.mil/ra/documents/ngycpar.pdf for program highlights.