Opinion

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

Tracy Hoover

Tracy Hoover

CEO Points of Light
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi

Founder of Project ASCEND
To mark Women’s History Month, writer and activist Ola Ojewumi examines how African-American women have historically helped drive social change—and how they can help African-American girls overcome the challenges they face in America’s public educations system today.
Rasheed Newson

Rasheed Newson

Screen Writer
For young people passionate about changing laws and changing the world, the most radical thing you can do may be to speak up and live out the one issue on which you insist on staying silent.
2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

We are members of the 90% by 2020 Anchorage Graduation Youth Task Force, (working toward a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020) and work in partnership with United Way and Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.
Shirley Toy

Shirley Toy

Junior University of Illinois at Chicago
I was walking down the halls of my high school on a typical school day when Mrs. Maxwell, the career teacher, made a quick announcement about the workforce development program Genesys Works over the intercom.
Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson

Co-founded GoodThink
What happens when you empower young people to change the world? Amy Blankson has spent the last 20 years of her life answering that question. Here is her story—and her advice.
Elizabeth Pufall Jones

Elizabeth Pufall Jones

Ph.D, Qualitative Research Scientist Center for Promise
A mentor, a teacher, an advisor, a friend; a web of relationships to support you.
Joshua DuBois

Joshua DuBois

Leader of Values Partnerships
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth. Faith is the
Jim Clark

Jim Clark

President and CEO Boys and Girls Clubs of America
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Dale Erquiaga, Communities In Schools
President and CEO Communities in Schools
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth. On November
Zaynah Burch

Zaynah Burch

Senior Lincoln High School
What are the biggest barriers to wellness young people face? The findings of a new five-city Center for Promise study of young people—by young people—might surprise you. Here’s one Philadelphia youth researcher’s perspective.
J. Gabriel Ware Profile

J. Gabriel Ware

Graduate Student Western Michigan University
In honor of Black History Month, a former teaching assistant reflects on the role that courses and films on African American history played in shaping his outlook on education. This story is part of