Opinion

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

Stephen Spaloss, Senior Vice President, Team Leadership, City Year

Stephen Spaloss

SVP, Team Leadership, City Year
In January 2018, City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership Stephen Spaloss was invited to speak at a Mental Health in Schools conference of social workers, guidance counselors and teachers or
Quintez Brown

Quintez Brown

Graduating Senior at DuPont Manual High School in KY
To make matters worse, coaches and peers encouraged me to continue playing sports because it could pay for my education. So I spent countless hours and days training and practicing in different sports, hoping to land an athletic scholarship…which took away from any participation in extracurricular activities and volunteering experience that aligns with my current career aspirations.
America’s Promise

America’s Promise Staff

America’s Promise
When America’s Promise talks about pathways, we’re often talking about the experiences, programs, or initiatives that help prepare young people for life after high school—often while they’re still in it. Since pathways are a key part of our GradNation Action Platform, and because it’s a term we use quite a lot, we think it’s worth exploring a little more.
Amy Curran

Amy Curran

Oklahoma Site Director, Generation Citizen
I’ve spent the last 40 years watching the state I love divest in its future. The cuts to education budgets just kept coming.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
In response to the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush, John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance released the following statement: “Yesterday, America lost a true champion
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Adults often complain that kids today don't respect their elders. But what happens when it's the other way around? What if young people are the ones who are not getting the respect and dignity they need to be successful in school and life?
Patricia O’Rourke

Patricia O’Rourke

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships America's Promise
In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
Eva Harder
Writer and Editor, America's Promise Alliance
It’s a common, easy thing to dismiss young people who demand a better world than the one they were born into as arrogant, spoiled, and even naïve. Yet the Parkland students and too many other young people like them have survived extreme trauma and emerged braver, wiser, and more mature than anyone should have to be at their age. That does make them entitled—to share their story, get an education without fearing for their lives, and, one would hope, have adults listen.
Grace Schleisman

Grace Schleisman

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.
Peter Gurt

Peter Gurt

President, Milton Hershey School
America’s Promise and Milton Hershey School call on schools and other organizations to better collaborate by establishing partnerships that share knowledge, teach essential workplace skills, and create lifelong role models for the young people who make up our next workforce. We all have an obligation to prepare young adults for the competitive global job market they will enter post-graduation.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
For those of us who have worked on the GradNation campaign, the Ballou coverage has challenged us to reflect and question our own role in this story. What are the unintended consequences of setting an ambitious goal? How can we do better? What does this story, and the story of other schools now being investigated, mean for the broader story of our national progress?
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
We must all be willing to take the necessary steps to protect our most valuable and vulnerable resources or risk failing our young people.