Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth
May 18, 2016
Adults are used to being experts. Too often, they’re certain they know what young people need. Though often well-meaning, these adults don’t stop to ask young people if a new building or block scheduling or new technology or exit exams will help motivate them to achieve.
May 18, 2016
On Tuesday, April 26 America’s Promise staff members Eboni-Rose Thompson, Erica Turner and I attended the College Signing Day event, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the Reach Higher initiative.
May 17, 2016
May 16, 2016
I was born in Trinidad and began my life in America at the age of two. Like many families, my parents came to New York seeking the American Dream and a better future for me and my sisters.
April 26, 2016
Often times, it’s older adults speaking about what’s best for young people. But America’s Promise passes the torch to youth for us to decide what’s best for our future.
April 18, 2016
Get the run down on why youth leaders should apply for youth leadership opportunities at America's Promise.
April 18, 2016
A few weeks ago, 175 young people in grades 5 through 12 attended Youth Day at the Capitol in St. Paul, asking well-researched questions and offering clear opinions on the availability of before- and after-school programs for students from low-income families, voter turnout, access to quality data, and high school graduation requirements.
April 14, 2016
April 11, 2016
I first joined Urban Alliance, a program that places high school students with paid internships, my junior year in high school. For the first few weeks, before we actually started our internships, we had pre-work—workshops that consisted of different topics such as professionalism, how to dress, and manage your money.
April 07, 2016
Here’s what we know: Nearly 500,000 young people leave high school without graduating each year because they face too many barriers with too few supports and too little flexibility.
Here’s what we wanted to find out: Can blended learning – which combines online learning, supervised learning at a brick-and-mortar location, and at least some student control over time, place, pace and educational path – make it easier for students who have left school to re-engage and get their diplomas?
March 31, 2016
I was a bit startled when I read Bill Gates’s post on LinkedIn early this morning. I know that he has long been deeply concerned about access to and success in college, and I admire his thinking and work in this area. But he and his foundation have often tended toward technological solutions.