Opinion

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

Grad Nation

Confidence is a skill that is as valuable as any ‘hard skill’ our young girls may learn. Though many of the odds may be stacked against girls, we can teach them to harness their resilience and focus it on a positive future.
Vickie  James With Kids

Vickie James

Creator and National Director Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC)
Who hasn’t heard that as a nation we aren’t eating well or getting enough physical activity?

Grad Nation

When you plan an event there is a special moment that happens just before the curtains rise.
Rachel Martone

Rachel Martone

Public Allies AmeriCorps
On Friday, March 6th, over 200 educators, afterschool providers, parents, community leaders, and policy makers gathered at the University of Pittsburgh to attend a day-long summit focused on increasing school attendance in Allegheny County. 
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
A few years ago, I had the chance to spend a few hours with Bob Putnam at his house in New Hampshire.  We talked about a book he was working on, which he had actually delayed his retirement to write.

Grad Nation

We’re here because our superintendent said we’re going one-to-one with tablets next year,” the technology director of a Midwestern school district told me during a tour of technology-savvy Miami-Dade

Carol McCormack

president & CEO United Way of South Hampton Roads
In South Hampton Roads, VA, we have 21,000 children living in extreme poverty. Education is the way out of poverty. And poverty is the enemy of education.

Grad Nation

Today, I am pleased to help host a GradNation Community Summit called “Grad Day 4 Tampa Bay.” The summit will be an opportunity for students from my high school, Armwood, and three other schools in Hillsborough County - Blake, Jefferson and Durant - to present work we have been doing to raise high school graduation rates.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Highly regarded journalist Jonathan Alter writes in this month’s Washington Monthly about the crucial role that "guidance" plays in helping young people who are most at risk for leaving high school be
Traci Kirtley

Traci Kirtley

Chief Program Officer College Possible
“If it weren't for College Possible I would not have gone to college.
Roland Anglin

Roland Anglin

Nationally Recognized Economic and Community Development
On December 11th and 12th Newark community members gathered to develop a strategic plan for stemming the tide of young people who leave school prior to graduation and to reclaim the approximately 4,00
Chris Chatmon

Chris Chatmon

Executive Director OUSD's Office of African American Male Achievement
In partnership with America’s Promise Alliance Oakland’s Unified School District’s (OUSD) Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) is planning to work with local youth, community members, or