Grad Nation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end America’s dropout crisis. Grad Nation goals include achieving a 90 percent graduation rate nationwide by 2020, with no high school graduating less than 80 percent of its students, and regaining America’s standing as first in the world in college completion.
100 Best Communities for Young People
The 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING
is a signature initiative of America’s Promise Alliance and an important part of the Grad Nation campaign. Each year, America's Promise and ING celebrate 100 deserving communities who effectively provide their youth with the Five Promises and work to increase graduation rates. Winning communities come from all across the country and are addressing the unique challenges they face. Any community committed to better serving its young people is welcome to apply.
Grad Nation Communities Network
Grad Nation Communities are at the front line of efforts to help young people succeed in school, work and life. They are part of an initiative launched in September 2011 to recognize communities across the nation for their efforts in support of our Grad Nation campaign. We encourage all communities to join us. Grad Nation Communities not only participate in the campaign but also benefit from it.
Youth are an integral part of the America’s Promise Alliance. They provide fresh perspectives, energy and enthusiasm, and close connections with peers and young children. Across the country, young people are working hard to fulfill the Five Promises in many ways: volunteering and organizing projects; speaking up for what kids need; getting their friends involved. America's Promise values not only the actions of young people, but also their leadership.
ReadyNation is an influential network of executives, economists and civic leaders that work together to amplify the voice of business in support of smart early childhood policy and programs at the state and federal levels. Since 2006, it has supported business coalitions in over half the states.