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  • Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education

    Dec 10, 2014Stemming from the Don’t Call Them Dropouts report, based on careful listening to young people who didn’t graduate in four years America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education. The paper explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. The paper is designed as a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders, communications professionals and policymakers interested in supporting out-of-school youth who wish to obtain a high school credential. A high school diploma is by no means a guarantee of success, but failure to complete high school is a devastatingly accurate predictor of lifelong struggle and unrealized human potential. If birth is life’s starting line, then high school graduation is life’s second starting line for success.
  • Developing Youth Systems: Creating Transformational Change for our Nation's Young People

    May 10, 2013Good schools are, of course, essential, but not alone sufficient for the long-term academic, economic, and civic success of our nation’s young people. Rather, an integrated set of supports is needed in families, in all facets of communities, and, yes, in schools. Research, community wisdom, and common sense tell us that families, schools and the broader community need to work together to create integrated systems of support for each child— an approach that we term youth systems.
  • Impact Models: Comprehensive Community Initiatives

    May 10, 2013Throughout much of the mid-20th century, East Durham, NC, was home to a thriving African-American middle-class community. Bolstered by cotton mills and the tobacco industry, East Durham residents built a neighborhood of small businesses and beautiful Victorian houses along tree-lined streets. Today, however, a visit to the hub of the district paints a different picture. The once landmark Fidelity Bank building at the corner of Angier and Driver is covered with a plywood sign advertising a storefront church. The stately Victorians are abandoned, condemned, and overrun with rot and weeds. Poverty, crime, teen pregnancy, and unemployment are part of many residents’ daily lives, and rates of academic success are among the lowest in the state.
  • Community Collaborations and Youth Development: Preliminary Findings on the State of the Evidence (Sept 2013)

    Jan 15, 2014In 2004, the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change emphasized the need for a comprehensive base of information on the effectiveness of community collaborations for youth — an accessible, evidence-rich resource that could guide local efforts to bring about meaningful change. Nearly 10 years later, this need remains largely unmet. In communities across the country, cross-sector partnerships are working to improve the lives of young people. As the number of these collaborations has grown dramatically in recent years, an accurate, up-to date understanding of the outcomes of such efforts is even more essential than it was a decade ago. To help close the current gap between research and practice, the Center for Promise undertook an exhaustive review of the existing research and evaluations of collaborative community efforts. In this brief, the Center reviews collaborations that have targeted public health and broader youth development outcomes and whose efforts have been evaluated.
  • Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: Capturing the Life Experiences of Urban Youth and Their Caregivers (Sept 2013)

    Jan 15, 2014This work is part of a larger study of how communities come together to support young people, and how young people and their families navigate and negotiate those communities to succeed academically and vocationally, and engage civically. For this study, the Center for Promise conducted two rounds of in-depth interviews, approximately six months apart, with 47 pairs of caregivers and youth10 in four urban communities in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The questions explored the ways that youth and their families navigate and negotiate their communities to attain their goals.