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.

Building a GradNation Summit

Each year, hundreds of youth advocates, educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people and representatives of the GradNation Communities Network come together at the Building a GradNation Summit to share progress, discover what's working, and inspire even greater action. The Summit is the premier event of the GradNation campaign to raise graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020, and dramatically increase postsecondary enrollment and graduation.

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 Communities Network

The GradNation Communities Network is a vibrant learning community of local collaborations and collective impact efforts that are on the front lines helping young people succeed in school, work and life. They are part of an initiative launched in September 2011 to recognize and support communities for their efforts to help the nation reach the GradNation goal.

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.