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My Idea Grants to recognize and support young people and their projects to increase graduation rates


America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T are looking for the energy, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to help make this country a Grad Nation through the My Idea Grants program. My Idea will empower young people to examine the high school dropout crisis and take action to help more of their peers to graduate on time – improving outcomes for themselves and their community.

National grants of $10,000-$20,000 will be awarded to 20 – 25 youth for the best of the submitted ideas to help increase a community’s graduation rate anywhere in the United States. Additional opportunities are available for young people living in Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson, Louisville, Nashville, New York, New Orleans, Oakland and Washington, D.C. with grants of $500-$1500 to support targeted local projects. Applications must be submitted by June 11, 2010.

If you’re a teen concerned about the dropout crisis, consider, plan and propose an idea to help increase the graduation rate in your community. With the help of a supporting non-profit organization or school, you or you and a group of your peers, will have the opportunity to make a difference in your community! If you’re a youth service provider, this is a great opportunity to share with the high school-aged youth that you work with each day. 

Young people, AT&T representatives and Alliance partners will review and select the local and national ideas that win the "My Idea" grants. The money will be administered by supporting non-profit or school, so you’ll get plenty of help and support as you help bring an end to the dropout crisis.

A webinar was held this week to discuss this program. View the recording of the webinar to learn more.

What to Expect:

  • You will be asked to complete an America’s Promise Alliance web site registration if you don’t already have one. 
  • Then you will Login and complete the Getting Started checklist to start the application. 
  • Once you start your application, you will receive an email with contact information for further assistance. 
  • Please complete all sections of the application. You can save your application as a draft and return to it. 
  • When you have completed your application, click Submit Application. You will receive an email to let you know that we have received your application. Once you submit the Application, you will no longer be able to edit it. 
  • Your application will be reviewed by a grant panel. 
  • You will be contacted by the grant panel when they have decided whether or not your project will be funded.

Click here to begin the My Idea Grant application process!