Opinion

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

Edna Jackson

Edna Jackson

Mayor Savannah
As Mayor, I see our young people not just as an important part of our city’s current vital and diverse community, but as the future citizens who will shape tomorrow’s social and economic landscape in
Alma Powell
Chair America's Promise Alliance
What a week this is for America’s Promise Alliance, beginning with a few people in the White House and ending with a nationwide call to action on American Graduate Day. On Monday, a small group of le
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Today is a very special day for America's Promise Alliance.
David Shapiro
CEO MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
What if I told you that a caring adult in the life of a young person has the power to change the culture of schools and the fabric of communities by helping to reduce chronic absence?
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Lester Strong

CEO AARP Experience Corps
When kids are absent from school for a day, they miss valuable time and lessons in the classroom. When they come back, they have to catch up.
Evelyne Santiago

Evelyne Santiago

AmeriCorps member City Year in Los Angeles, CA
I met Brenda my first week as a Corps member with City Year Los Angeles.  My job was to focus on improving Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance. As tutors, mentors and role models, City Year AmeriCorps members provide capacity that helps schools meet students’ individual needs.
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Bethiel Girma Holton

National Director of Student Engagement City Year
Last year City Year AmeriCorps member Rebecca Leclerc worked with a fifth grader named Joseph* at the Trotter Innovation School in Boston.
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Michael Minks

Director of Communications & Development YSA(Youth Service America)
The first few weeks of a new school year can be both exciting and challenging.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Here’s what we all know – young people need all kinds of support to grow up, to succeed in school, to thrive in life.  It is true for our kids, and it is true for all kids.
David Park

David Park

“Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will find common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere.” The words are powerful and important.

Hon. Alvin Brown

A young man from Jacksonville, Griffin Furlong, recently made national headlines after he was named valedictorian of his graduating class at First Coast High School.
Suneil Kamath

Suneil Kamath

Youth Advisory Board State Farm
I first met Maridee, a 56 year old cafeteria worker at a local hospital, a year ago. Every week, after working a 12 hour shift, she would attend a tutoring session with me.