Opinion

Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth

Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi

Founder of Project ASCEND
“When did you fall in love with hip hop?” I first heard this question in the seventh grade, when I was watching the film “Brown Sugar.” A few months ago, this question came back to me when I attended a gala hosted by America’s Promise in honor of its 20th anniversary. Among many other influential leaders, the rapper Common was honored for his Common Ground Foundation. While his foundation is no doubt having an impact on the lives of youth, I’ll never forget the impact his music has had on my life.
Stephanie Watkins-Cruz
Youth Board Member America’s Promise Alliance
On April 18, America’s Promise Alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary by convening the Recommit to Kids Summit. Youth Board Member Stephanie Watkins-Cruz shares her experience at the event and on the board in this moving letter to the adults who attended—and the adults who show up for young people every day.
Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane

VP, Policy & Strategic Partnerships The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
In the recently released Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America, two statistics are cited side by side: “High school graduation is at an all-time high, and t
Tricia Raikes
Co-Founder of the Raikes Foundation
I recently joined former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas at the America’s Promise Alliance Summit for America’s Future for a discussion about the importance of young people feeling a sense of belonging.
Nevasha Noble

Nevasha Noble

Associate, Alliance Engagement America's Promise Alliance
This article is part of the “What’s Working” series, which highlights promising practices for helping to close the graduation gap in communities and states across the country.
Kenali Battle

Kenali Battle

Business Communications Instructor Year Up National Capital Region
“Be who you needed when you were younger.” This is the quote that I recite daily on my way to work. When people ask what I do for a living, most write it off as just teaching business communications. But Year Up teaches all of the things that I didn’t learn in high school or college: teamwork, life skills, confidence, and surviving in the professional world.
Jose Antonio

Jose Antonio Tijerino

President and CEO Hispanic Heritage Foundation
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth. My uncle was
Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher

President and CEO United Way Worldwide
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Tracy Hoover

Tracy Hoover

CEO Points of Light
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi

Founder of Project ASCEND
To mark Women’s History Month, writer and activist Ola Ojewumi examines how African-American women have historically helped drive social change—and how they can help African-American girls overcome the challenges they face in America’s public educations system today.
Rasheed Newson

Rasheed Newson

Screen Writer
For young people passionate about changing laws and changing the world, the most radical thing you can do may be to speak up and live out the one issue on which you insist on staying silent.
2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

We are members of the 90% by 2020 Anchorage Graduation Youth Task Force, (working toward a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020) and work in partnership with United Way and Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.