This October, American Graduate Day Will Look Beyond High School Graduation
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
America's Promise Alliance
For the last five years, American Graduate Day has emphasized the importance of high school graduation through telling stories, creating resources, and building community connections.
This year, they’re doing things a little bit different.
On October 14, American Graduate Day (#AMGRAD) will look beyond high school graduation and explore post-secondary pathways to career success, which could include traditional universities as well as job training and certification programs, the military, and apprenticeship programs.
It will continue to focus on high school graduation and the role of mentorship, but for the first time it is spotlighting the individuals, organizations, and community partnerships that equip young people with the skills and resources to enter the workforce from multiple pathways.
Soledad O'Brien will once again host the event, which will be broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios in NYC on public television stations across the country. It will also stream on americangraduate.org on October 14, 2017 from 2-6PM ET (check local TV listings).
Celebrity guests and more than 30 nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic organizations will be featured as partners for American Graduate Day, including America’s Promise Alliance, Communities In Schools, MENTOR, United Way, General Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell, John Legend, and Misty Copeland.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
Ashley Lyles attributes her success in life to the teachers, family, and mentors that have supported her along the way—which is why she has dedicated her own life to paying it forward and working with youth so they may have hopes for a bright future.
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.
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