Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced final regulations for No Child Left Behind October 28. Among the regulations, all states will be required to use the same formula to calculate graduation rates starting in the 2010-11 school year.
Fifty young leaders from around the world will convene at the Walt Disney World Resort November 6-9, 2008, for the second annual Future Leaders Forum. Alliance partner The First Tee offers this innovative educational program to help students strengthen leadership skills, prepare for college, explore the many career disciplines in and outside the game of golf, and receive hands-on training to become effective leaders in their classrooms, communities, and careers.
The American Association of School Administrators is holding a two-day Aspiring Leaders Workshop October 30 in Savannah, Ga. Topics will include board relations, budgeting for success, instructional leadership, communications and systems thinking.
One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools, a study compiled by Civic Enterprises, and based on research conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, captures the views of parents of high school students in America’s urban, suburban, and rural communities from diverse backgrounds and income levels.
America’s Promise Alliance partner Girls Incorporated recently launched the Dear World public education campaign as part of an ongoing commitment by the organization to show girls that their voices are trusted, respected, and valued, and to raise awareness about issues that affect girls’ everyday lives. More than 275 girls from Girls Inc. centers across the United States and Canada lent their voices and expressed their opinions, writing letters to the world and auditioning to take part in the Dear World public education campaign.
This Saturday, October 25, dozens of Alliance partners will be participating in the 17th annual Make A Difference Day. Each year, millions of volunteers of all ages take part in service projects around the country.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for youth-led community improvement projects application deadline has been extended until Thursday, October 30, 2008.
YMCA's Teen Wellness Leaders Contest rewards teens who play an important role in their families, peer groups and community by helping them develop healthy habits. Each Teen Wellness Leader will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 donation to a local YMCA.
The National 4-H Council has again partnered with Southern States Cooperative retail stores to implement the 4-H Paper Clover campaign for 2008. The campaign, running through October 19, is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion which allows consumers to purchase a paper clover at the register for $1.
The Empire State Building was a beacon of yellow light as it once again heralded the Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool campaign. On October 16, 2008, one million Americans participated in the more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the country. Small towns and big cities rallied to show their support for afterschool programs, commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the support provided to afterschool initiatives.
America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell travelled to New Jersey this week to give the keynote address at the New Jersey Dropout Prevention Symposium. The symposium, held at Rutgers University-Newark, served as the official launch of the New Jersey High School Graduation Campaign, a year-long effort to combat the state’s high school dropout rate. Mrs. Powell was joined by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and more than 500 partners representing schools, businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations across New Jersey.
A new Alliance for Excellent Education report,  Dropouts, Diplomas, and Dollars: U.S. High Schools and the Nation’s Economy, highlights the ways in which increasing numbers of high school dropouts translate not only into lost human potential, net worth, and tax revenue, but also a weakened democracy and a compromised ability to remain a leader among nations.
National Character Counts! Week takes place October 19-25. The campaign aims to focus attention on the benefits of good character and character education.
Hundreds of child advocates will visit Washington, D.C. this weekend for the 19th annual Share Our Strength Conference of Leaders to learn about different opportunities available to help children receive the nutritional resources essential for healthy development.
In celebration of the National Learn & Serve Challenge, this week, students across the country have been serving meals, cleaning up the environment, tutoring their peers, and raising money for cancer research. Each student is demonstrating how he or she can make a difference through service-learning during the week, held October 6-12.
Using data from the Big Brothers Big Sisters high school Bigs program, a new study addresses the capacity and effectiveness of high school students as role models for young people.