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Guy-Friendly Program Works

One of my favorite data crunchers, MDRC, has done more work on the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and the numbers look good. Eighty percent of the participants are male.

The conclusion:

--Program participants were much more likely than the control group to have obtained a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate (GED) (about 61 percent vs. 36 percent).

--More likely to have earned college credits (25 percent vs. 10 percent).

--Program group members were more likely to be engaged in productive activities. For example, 72 percent of the program group were working, in school or training, or in the military, compared with 66 percent of the control group.

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