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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.

“If any of us think we can do this work by ourselves, on our own team, in our own silos, it’s just not going to work.” It was in this spirit of collaboration that Arne Duncan, managing partner at t

Encore.org, a nonprofit dedicated to second acts for the greater good and an America’s Promise Alliance partner, launched a new five-year campaign today to mobilize 1 million adults over 50 to help young people thrive. The Generation to Generation campaign seeks to provide a "ready supply of human talent" for schools and youth organizations.
To raise graduation rates and increase postsecondary enrollment in Fort Worth, Texas, the city plans on harnessing the power of collective action. “We are facing a crisis with our kids, and it has to be turned around,” said Betsy Mayor Price at the Fort Worth GradNation Community Summit, hosted by Price and Fort Worth SPARC, on Oct. 10.
“Our hope was to provide an outlet for youth and adults across Washtenaw County to come together for interactive and engaging programming,” said Kelsey Cavanagh-Strong of Neutral Zone, describing the GradNation Community Summit they hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 20.
As executive director of Sociedad Latina, Alex Oliver-Davila serves Latino youth and families in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Through over 20 years of leadership of Sociedad Latina, Alex has created collaborations, utilized data, and leveraged key resources to support Latino families and give youth more chances to thrive.
“Eyebrows shot up and mouths dropped open as about 100 local high school students calculated how much more money they could make with a bachelor's degree than as high school dropouts,” the Herald Tribune recently wrote, reporting on the GradNation Community Summit held in Sarasota County.
Here’s a surprising number: Only 45 percent of high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), missing out on billions of dollars in financial aid every year. The National College Access Network (NCAN) is trying to change that with the Form Your Future campaign, which encourages high school seniors across the country to apply for financial aid.
Like many school districts across America, California’s New Haven Unified School District is trying to narrow its achievement and graduation gaps. And it’s using design thinking to do it. “Young people are pushed out of a school system that doesn’t love and accept them,” Dr. Arlando Smith, co-superintendent of NHUS, said at the UC Exceed GradNation Community Summit on Sept. 24. “It just tolerates them.”
Nearly 1.6 million students are in California’s public education system, including almost one-third of the nation’s English language learners. In California, one out of every four students is an English language learner. While San Diego Unified School District boasts an overall high school graduation rate of approximately 82 percent as of 2015, only 73 percent of English learners graduate high school in four years.
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.
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.
While the majority of new jobs in South Carolina will require some form of higher education in the coming years, few high school graduates in the state are college-ready, according to South Carolina Education Oversight Committee Executive Director Melanie Barton.
For every seven more adults in a neighborhood, there is one fewer young person who leaves school without graduating. That’s a major finding from a new Center for Promise study, Who’s Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation.
The headlines go all the way back to 2006, when NBC News reported that adults in Houston were knocking on the doors of young people who had dropped out and encouraging them to return. Since then, similar approaches have taken root all across the country, and while the local media always covers the community’s hard work and dedication, their success rates don’t always make headlines.
The Student Conservation Association, Inc. has officially joined America’s Promise Alliance as a National Partner. The Student Conservation Association’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.