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.
“While we have seen progress, the daily reality of at-risk children can seem like a conspiracy to destroy their dreams,” wrote Alma Powell, chair of America’s Promise and General Powell, who served as the founding chair of America’s Promise, in a letter to America released today.
In 1997, all the living presidents of the United States came together at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in an unprecedented move of bipartisan support and collaboration on behalf of America’s youth. Continuing in that same spirit, the Powells urged individuals of all parties and all walks of life to come together to support this issue.
“Improving the lives and futures of children is a moral, social, and economic imperative in our country,” they wrote. “The well-being of children should be the common-ground commitment of our national life.”
Read the full letter, OUR CAUSE: A Letter to America.
To commemorate the organization’s 20th Anniversary, America’s Promise is hosting Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future in NYC on April 18. It will be followed by the third annual Promise Night Gala later that evening.