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.

Recommit to Kids logo for the 20th anniversary event

Nearly 20 years ago, all the living presidents declared that all Americans have a responsibility to help young people experience the fulfillment of Five Promises. We invite you to join America’s Promise Alliance and renew your commitment to our nation’s children.

Weiss Institute logo

The Weiss Institute, a partnership between Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance, will expand the capacity of communities to make it possible for all young people to earn a college degree or other postsecondary credential.

America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund

The America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund will support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education—housing, employment, transportation, and food access— as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change.

BGN reports

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

Center for Promise

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.

GradNation Community Summits

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.

GradNation State Activation Initiative

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.

Youth Workforce Fund

Through the Youth Workforce Fund, Citi Foundation, in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, is working with 15 nonprofit organizations across the United States to expand their programming to provide youth with a range of employment opportunities in various areas including environmental sustainability to robotics and culinary arts to coding. The Youth Workforce Fund is part of the Citi Foun

Young leaders

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.