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Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

Homeless Squared
In almost all public and nonprofit colleges and universities in Colorado, unaccompanied homeless youth can expect to find a caring adult trained in meeting homeless students’ needs. The state calls these adults “single points of contact”—SPOCs. Here’s some advice on how to replicate the model.
Noel as a child
Walking into court for my very last time as a foster youth, I felt like I was getting a divorce from a system that I’ve been in a relationship with almost my entire life.
Milwaukee Squared
Much of the day’s conversation stemmed from the idea that young people have all the intelligence, creativity, and drive they need to be successful—unfortunately, adults (and society at large) often limit this independence or otherwise fail to provide the support that young people need to develop their own potential.
Lorian OH Squared
Sometimes progress is not a straight line to the top, but instead marked with twists and turns. That’s the case for Lorain County, whose on-time high school graduation rates slid from 81.4 percent in 2009 to 67.8 percent in 2013.
Northfield Squared
The summit, which was convened by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, continued in that spirit of thinking through responsibility, relationships, and action steps, as the Northfield community examines how to better align its various stakeholders and interests in the common goal of seeing improved outcomes for young people.
Gradcel Squared
As part of the America’s Promise Community Spotlight Series, designed to help you connect to and learn from your peers in the GradNation Learning Community, we asked Dreama Gentry what she’s excited about, what she’s most proud of, and what she’s learned during her work at Berea College.
Mentoring Squared
If “helping others” is one of your new year’s resolutions, now’s the time to consider becoming a mentor. Research shows young people with mentors are less likely to skip school, less likely to take drugs, and more likely to enroll in college and volunteer in their communities.
Caring Adults
Join America’s Promise Alliance for an interactive Twitter chat on the power of #CaringAdults in the lives of young people.
Funding Opportunities
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.
LA Corps Squared
LA Conservation Corps provides 18- to 24-year-olds with job skills training, education, and work experience in environmental conservation and service projects. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund community partnersare placing low-income young adults on a path toward career success.
First Focus Logo
First Focus, a 10-year policy initiative of America’s Promise Alliance, will spin off to become an independent nonprofit organization, effective January 1, 2017, but will continue to work with America
Relationships
In an in-depth look at four workforce development and career readiness programs across the country, a new Center for Promise report demonstrates that building supportive relationships with young people is just as important as building their skills.
East Durham Children Squared
We asked Reese what he’s excited about, what he’s most proud of, and what he’s learned in his more than 20 years in the field
Funding Opportunities Squared
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.
Safe Places Graphic
Join America’s Promise Alliance for an interactive Twitter chat on providing #SafePlaces for youth.
Wilkes Gradnation Summit
Education is the single most influential factor in determining a child's success. This is a core belief of The United Way of Wyoming Valley.