Opinion

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

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.
Ed Rust

Ed Rust

I have always been intrigued by how word choice and language can impact an outcome.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
As I mentioned on Monday, it’s AmeriCorps Promise Fellows Week. Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking with Sen. Harris Wofford about the founding of the Promise Fellows. In this video he talks about the importance of service and the Fifth Promise -- the Opportunity to Help Others. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Harris Wofford has been a boss, friend and mentor for more than two decades now.
Jonathan Zaff Executive Director
Executive Director  Center for Promise
Six weeks have passed since America’s Promise Alliance releasedDon’t Call Them Dropouts.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Alma Powell has said that education is the Civil Rights issue of our time. Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Reba Dominski

Reba Dominski

senior director of education Target Community Relations
My husband once shared a powerful quote with me …“It’s impossible not to love a person if you know their story.” Stories are powerful. Stories can inspire. Stories can teach and they can heal. That is why I was so intrigued when our partners at America’s Promise Alliance first shared the vision behind Don’t Call Them Dropouts. 
Patrick Riccards

Patrick Riccards

A half century ago, we expected far different outcomes from the American high school experience.
Dr. Pamela Cantor

Dr. Pamela Cantor

president and CEO Turnaround for Children
It’s that time of year again.
David Shapiro
CEO MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
“What youth really need is that main person they can actually talk to…to be comfortable and open up to and let that one person know about their life.” That’s powerful insight from a young man, just 21 years-old, named Nico. His statement captures the essence of mentoring – a deliberate relationship between an adult and a young person where the most important factor is that the adult consistently shows up for the young person and listens.
Charlene Lake

Charlene Lake

Senior Vice Presiden Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
As I listen to the stories of Paul, Shanaye, Kassandra, Denise and the other young people profiled in the “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” documentary, I am reminded of the contagious passion and aspiration that is present in our next generation of leaders.
Jim Clark

Jim Clark

President and CEO Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The recent release of federal data showing the U.S. high school graduation rate has hit 80 percent is fantastic news. For the first time in our nation’s history, 4 out of 5 students earned a high school diploma within four years of beginning 9th grade. That’s huge. If this rate is upheld, we could see a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. That would be momentous.