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America's Promise Alliance welcomes organizations who are new to our work.
The latest practices to address the needs of struggling learners will be discussed at the 4th annual Reaching At-Promise Students National Conference, to be held February 20-22, 2009, in San Diego, California.Co-hosted by RAPSA and SIATech
WAVE (Work, Achievement, Values & Education, Inc.) has released a report provides compelling evidence of the organization’s positive effect on the life paths of youth in crisis, and concludes that students who participate in WAVE make academic gains and stay in school.
A new Child Trends report, School Food Unwrapped: What’s Available and What Our Kids Actually Are Eating, examines the prevalence of vending machines, school stores, and other outlets in elementary schools that often provide non-nutritious foods.
The Data Quality Campaign has released Measuring What Matters: Creating Longitudinal Data Systems to Improve Student Achievement to help states in the development of high-quality data systems to collect information about how individual students are performing over time, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and into post-secondary education.
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with the MetLife Foundation, will honor afterschool programs serving middle and high school youth with the MetLife Afterschool Innovator Awards. Top programs will be featured in upcoming issue briefs being developed. Additionally, the awards carry a $5,000 stipend.
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America's Promise Alliance welcomes organizations who are new to our work.
The Global Youth Justice Movement's 15 Year Update on Youth Courts and Teen Courts documents Juvenile Justice programs that utilize youth to help sentence their peers.
A new Child Trends report, School Food Unwrapped: What’s Available and What Our Kids Actually Are Eating, examines the prevalence of vending machines, school stores, and other outlets in elementary schools that often provide non-nutritious foods.
The Corporation for National and Community Service announced last week that America’s Promise Alliance and partner Communities In Schools were two of three organizations nationwide to receive one of their Youth Development Grants. The Corporation has a special focus on the needs of children and youth, particularly those most at-risk, and leverages national service resources to address their academic, health and social needs. Their Youth Development Grants are given to those organizations that address these needs through a collaborative approach as well as offer direct programming at the local and regional level to help young people succeed in school. The Alliance was awarded $2,050,000 to support its work to reduce the nation’s high school dropout rate. Specifically the grant will be used to fund work in 12 “Featured Communities” across the country.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its A Safe Place to Learn and Grow program.
The Aspen Institute’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group has released Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools: A Policymakers Action Guide, which is an engagement tool for the private sector and all levels of government to use in effectively addressing educational for America’s young people in exploring their entrepreneurial potential.
Since 1998, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has been working to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of America’s schools, particularly in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children. Its current focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems” that coordinate educational supports and services at school, at home, and in the community in order to provide all children with equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences. In England, a borough in East London successfully implemented this concept through partnerships between schools and other agencies.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has released a report indicating that the economic downturn is affecting school districts in every region of the country – and the students served by them. The AASA Study of the Impact of the Economic Downturn on Schools, based on an October 2008 survey of school superintendents, finds that budget-reducing measures are already underway in districts nationwide.
The Forum for Youth Investment partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. This study focuses on how organizations translate principles of youth engagement into practice.
UnitedHealthcare and Youth Service America are offering UnitedHealth HEROES service-learning grants for teachers, service-learning coordinators and students in health professions to engage youth ages 5 to 25 as volunteers in childhood obesity projects.