America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Our work is powered by our belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.

We are the nation’s largest partnership of our kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people.

Far too many young people are growing up without the support they need to succeed in school and life. More than 20 percent of high school students do not graduate on time. Moreover, the most recent estimate is that 5.8 million young people between age 16 and 24 are neither in school nor employed. This lack of opportunity for young people is morally untenable, economically unsustainable, and fundamentally inconsistent with our values and aspirations as a nation. 

We frame our work around Five Promises that we believe must be made and kept to every young American – caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve. With the supportive environment of these promises at work for young Americans, we believe we can reach a more tangible goal: a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Our GradNation campaign is focused on putting this critical milestone – and therefore a shot at the American Dream – within reach for young Americans. 

At our founding in 1997, we set forth Five Promises that create the essential conditions for all young people to have a real chance of success. Research shows that young people who experience at least four of the promises are far more likely to succeed academically, socially, economically and civically. That’s why, our Alliance works to keep the Five Promises to as many young people as possible. 

The Five Promises

Keeping Five Promises to young Americans, especially those growing up in challenging circumstances, creates conditions that are vital for adult success. The work of America’s Promise is built around delivering on these Five Promises.

Our History

The America’s Promise Alliance grew out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997. At that gathering in Philadelphia, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan), challenged America to make children and youth a national priority.

Alliance Partnership

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of young people. America’s Promise partners are national organizations and include nonprofits, education institutions, corporations, associations, faith-based groups, and more.


No single achievement in a young person’s life is more indicative of adult success than the ability to graduate high school. Since 2010, America’s Promise’s GradNation campaign has focused the nation’s attention, and our own work, on raising national graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020, while dramatically increasing college enrollment and completion. With constant collective efforts, we’re on track to meet our goals.


Our work is made possible by the generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals investing in our mission.

Leadership & Staff

America’s Promise Alliance functions with leaders from all sectors of American life: the business community, nonprofits, community groups, policymakers, experts in children’s and youth issues, concerned individuals and young people.


America’s Promise Alliance is committed to being a workplace of choice for professionals from all business sectors who are interested in dedicating a portion of their careers to bettering the lives of young Americans.

Contact Us

We’re eager to hear from you. We encourage your questions, your comments and your ideas. Most of all, we hope you’ll join us in the work of keeping the promise of America to all of our young people. We all have a stake in their future.