About Our Work
With hundreds of national partners and their local affiliates, America's Promise Alliance is uniquely positioned to mobilize Americans to act. We have made improving high school graduation rates our top priority, and we are on track to achieve the nation’s goal of a 90 percent graduation rate. Our work focuses on keeping the Five Promises to young people in America: Caring Adults, Safe Surroundings, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.
The Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, released annually, by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, shows detailed progress toward the GradNation goal of a national average on-time high school graduation rate of 90 percent by 20
The Center for Promise, housed at Boston University's School of Education and headed by Dr. Jonathan Zaff, is the research center for America’s Promise Alliance. Launched in December 2012, the Center is dedicated to advancing child-centered research that empowers communities and individuals to work together more effectively, and to help young Americans lead positive, productive lives.
No single achievement in a young person’s life is more predictive of adult success than graduating from high school. Since 2010, the GradNation campaign has focused the nation’s attention, and the work of America’s Promise and our Alliance of organizations and communities, on raising national graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020, while dramatically increasing postsecondary career training or college enrollment and completion. With constant collective efforts, we’re on track to meet our goals.
America’s Promise Alliance is working with local partners across the country to convene 100 GradNation Community Summits across the country through 2016. The GradNation Community Summits will accelerate progress towards reaching the GradNation campaign goals by fueling collaborative action to increase high school graduation rates.
The GradNation State Activation initiative is a collaboration between America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson working to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent.
America’s Promise Alliance is looking for two great young leaders for highly visible roles in the leadership of our organization. We are currently seeking two young people between the ages of 16-22 to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors and with our Alliance Trustees.
The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America’s Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive fund that seeks to make strategic investments in community-based organizations connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities.