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Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

Children Running
One major challenge to achieving a higher baseline of student health across U.S. schools? According to advocates, it’s that federal and state policymakers respond to particular moments of public crisis by passing narrow and targeted measures rather than considering the whole child.
Funding Opportunities
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.
Children
Teachers should go beyond making diversity days holidays filled with flags, food, and language and focus on global fluency—the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to live and work effectively and successfully in a globally connected world.
College Board
While the College Board might be best known for SAT and AP tests, their latest initiative doesn’t weigh scores for either.
Study working in class
All too often, hidden costs undermine the promise of free college. A new report from the Education Trust shows how such programs end up helping higher-income students while leaving many low-income students to fend for themselves.
Children Reading in a row
What’s your earliest memory of loving to read? When panelists were asked that question at the 2018 National Reading Coalition by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) last week, their answers resonated strongly with the book-loving audience:
Children Running to School
A new report from Attendance Works highlights ways in which data can be a crucial tool in reducing rates of chronic absence, helping districts to design more effective, targeted, and equitable solutions.
Little girl lying in a radio flyer wagon
West Virginia’s Promise is a statewide program that mobilizes partners to strengthen the capacity of local communities to develop and support young people.
I voted sticker read
With midterm elections right around the corner, universities, celebrity activists, youth-serving organizations, and young people themselves around the country are urging young voters to head to the polls.
Buffet of Veggies
This September, No Kid Hungry has partnered with 15,000 restaurants across the country to provide food stability for the one in six children living with hunger in America.
Suicide Prevention Day
From creating apps to organizing support groups to making resources more widely available, here’s how four young advocates are leading efforts to improve mental health for their generation.
Mentoring a child
“Good is not great, and greatness is an expectation.”  That’s the philosophy that informs every step of Chandra C. Scott’s work.
#DesignChallenge
Historically, sex education has focused on STI and pregnancy prevention. Now, advocates say that to create a safer, healthier, and more affirmative culture for young people, we need sex ed to focus on pleasure, too.
#SchoolEveryDay
When students aren’t in school, they miss out on important developmental and educational opportunities. For Attendance Awareness Month this September, advocates encourage communities across the country to band together to fight chronic absence.
Empty classroom chairs
In all the talk about the importance of reducing suspensions and other exclusionary discipline practices in schools, one question looms large for most educators and administrators: What do we do instead? For many people, part of the answer lies in restorative practices.
College kids
If you could go back in time and give just one piece of advice to yourself as a college freshman, what would it be? That’s the question the staff here at America’s Promise answered.