America’s Promise believes that true change happens at the local level. So when we launched the GradNation Community Summits initiative in 2013, we wanted to support and fuel collaborative, community-based efforts to raise high school graduation rates and increase post-secondary enrollment. With the generous support of presenting sponsor AT&T, cities from Anchorage to Tampa have explored local solutions to help young people succeed in and after high school.
In March 2017, we officially reached a major milestone of hosting 100 community summits across the country. We couldn’t have done it without all the communities who came together on behalf of young people—communities whose energy and sense of urgency have been the heart of the GradNation campaign. It is this same spirit of local action and community engagement that will help us achieve our next national milestone: reaching a 90 percent graduation rate, and truly becoming a GradNation for all.