Opinion

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

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
Paul Allvin

Paul Allvin

You may have noticed that America’s Promise Alliance is sporting a new look these days.
Oscar Cruz

Oscar Cruz

president & CEO Families In Schools
On October 30, 2014 Families In Schools, with the support of the James Irvine Foundation, and America’s Promise Alliance, along with premier sponsor AT&T, will present the Alliance 2014 summit, th
Roger Weissberg

Roger Weissberg

Chief Knowledge Officer CASEL
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. What may seem like “playground politics” to some, actually has negative effects on the academic and emotional well-being of involved students.
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