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Caring adults are the core of Colorado Uplift’s work, which serves Denver’s at-risk and disconnected youth by connecting them with long-term and life-changing mentors. What makes these mentors special? They are employed as full-time staff members and available to help 24/7/365.
The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
This story is part of the “90 for All” series, which examines the challenges facing traditionally underserved students, particularly low-income and homeless students, English language learners, studen
Urban Upbound recently launched a program that prepares young adults living in New York City public housing developments for careers in the city’s growing construction sector. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund community partners, supported by America’s Promise Alliance and the Citi Foundation, are placing low-income young adults on a path to career success.
Young people are not educated enough about climate change, and neither are adults. This was the conclusion that a group of high schoolers from across the country (and one from Canada) presented during a 4-H briefing held at the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA/USDA) on March 28.
For the second year in a row, the United States remains off pace to reach a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation  report.
The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
How much adversity is too much? Are some worse then others? How does the amount and type of adversity affect young people’s lives? These are the questions explored in a recent report from the Center for Promise, Barriers to Success: Moving Toward a Deeper Understanding of Adversity’s Effects on Adolescents. Analyzing three existing data sets, researchers assessed a select group of Adverse Life Experiences (ALEs) and the role they play in youth outcomes.
Hilda Ramirez strongly believes that “the answers to the problems that communities face lies within the people who are affected by the challenges.” Ramirez is the assistant director of the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University, a partnership of community leaders that provides outcome-based development programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, and health.
Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance, two nonprofit organizations with a half century of experience between them, today announced the formation of an institute that will bring together the best thinking, latest research and field-tested strategies to support communities seeking to help more students get on a path to success in higher education and beyond.
Join us as we take action by using our own words to affirm the dreams of a young person and by sharing what steps you’ll take to help him or her make their own American dream a reality.  #Letters2Kids
As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, America’s Promise is recognizing an organization that exemplifies how communities can collaborate to improve youth outcomes: The Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ). The organization will receive the Powell Legacy Award—and a $50,000 donation—at the Recommit to Kids Summit on April 18.
This award recognizes the “often unheralded contributions” of heroes who are making an impact on their communities in ways large and small.  And while Day and Mitchell are hardly unknown in their industries, they’ve each made contributions to issues impacting young people.
Twenty years after the event that launched America’s Promise Alliance, General Colin Powell and Alma Powell are marking the occasion by urging Americans to recommit to the nation’s young people.
As a child, Abisai Montes and his parents moved from their home in North Dallas to a rougher part of town, where Montes says he learned to carry a switchblade to feel safe. At 15, when he was on his way to see some friends, a stranger attacked him and Montes pulled out his knife. As a result, Montes spent time in a juvenile detention center.
How can schools and communities create an inclusive environment for English-language learners? It starts by recognizing that bilingualism is an asset to be encouraged, not a problem to be solved.