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Getting Into College Is Tough for First-Generation College Students, So I’m Making It a Little Easier

August 29, 2018

As a first-generation college student, I found myself doing everything on my own, without any family support and knowing very little of what was entailed in both applying and getting into college.
The Underrated Healing Power of a Healthy Relationship

August 08, 2018

For centuries, religion and science have regularly found themselves at odds in defining the essential truths of our world—a debate that, of course, continues today. So, we should take note when distinguished leaders in those two, often-conflicting domains find themselves arriving at the same conclusion about a fundamental question: how do we out more struggling young people on a path toward success?

Type: Opinion

promises: Caring Adults

Action Platform: Caring Adult Relationships

Community Leader Spotlight: Citizens for Educational Excellence

June 18, 2018

Dr. Janet M. Cunningham believes that, “as educators we should encourage all students to find their strengths, pursue post-secondary education, and utilize their strengths in finding a satisfying career.”
Breaking through “the Code”: Five Steps for Unlocking Success in Young People

June 06, 2018

In January 2018, City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership Stephen Spaloss was invited to speak at a Mental Health in Schools conference of
What’s Working: Unlocking the Untapped Potential of Relationships

May 29, 2018

Relationships matter. So what can national, state, and local organizations do to increase the number and quality of caring adults in the lives of students? And how can those relationships help support efforts to increase the graduation rate?

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Caring Adult Relationships

What’s Working: Four Factors Fueling the Rise of Graduation Rates

March 22, 2018

In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
Lesson from National Nonprofit: To Lift Children Out of Poverty, Empower their Parents

October 05, 2017

Research shows that programs make more progress when they involve parents or caregivers. Yet not every organization that wants to impact kids works with and for parents. Why not? Here’s a look at some of the challenges—and a few solutions.
The Next Phase of the GradNation Campaign

September 18, 2017

How can we help young people dealing with violence and trauma at home succeed in the classroom? As we enter the final stretch of the GradNation campaign, where should we focus most of our energy? The answers can be found in the new GradNation Action Platform, a set of six action areas for states and communities to raise graduation rates and support student success.
How One High School Defied the Odds to Have Every Graduate Accepted to College

June 22, 2017

Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., made national headlines when 100 percent of their 190 seniors applied to college and got accepted. School officials and students discussed the keys to their success at an event celebrating their success on June 15.
What’s Working: In Colorado, A Simple Approach Helps Homeless Students Succeed in College

January 25, 2017

In almost all public and nonprofit colleges and universities in Colorado, unaccompanied homeless youth can expect to find a caring adult trained in meeting homeless students’ needs. The state calls these adults “single points of contact”—SPOCs. Here’s some advice on how to replicate the model.