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The Economic Upside to Increasing Grad Rates

May 29, 2018

Importantly, the Alliance for Excellent Education maps the positive impacts that a 90 percent high school graduation rate would have on local economies, breaking the data down by state, metropolitan area, and demographic group so that it can be useful for local community leaders, policymakers, educators, parents, and others.
Can Jobs Make Chicago Safer?

March 22, 2018

For many young men, joining a gang is their best option to survive. That’s why Chicago CRED works to provide “a pathway from the streets and into the legal economy” to combat gun violence in the city.

Type: News

TAG: Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Youth Re-Engagement

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.
A Security Guard, a Flyer, and a Second Chance

July 10, 2017

Esperanzita Castillo, 20, dropped out of school when she was in the sixth grade. By September of 2015, she was out of school, out of work, and seemingly out of options. And then, a security guard at a local career service center handed her a flyer for a program that would change her life.
In Los Angeles, Environmental Challenges Meet Economic Opportunity for Young People

January 10, 2017

LA Conservation Corps provides 18- to 24-year-olds with job skills training, education, and work experience in environmental conservation and service projects. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund community partnersare placing low-income young adults on a path toward career success.
What’s Working: These States Are Knocking on Doors to Re-enroll Students. What Happens When They Answer?

October 20, 2016

The headlines go all the way back to 2006, when NBC News reported that adults in Houston were knocking on the doors of young people who had dropped out and encouraging them to return. Since then, similar approaches have taken root all across the country, and while the local media always covers the community’s hard work and dedication, their success rates don’t always make headlines.
The Power of High Expectations - and Strong Support

May 17, 2016

Year Up Bay Area trains low-income youth for high-paying jobs in a variety of sectors. Its success stems from high standards and a strong system of support. This story is part of a series highlighting 2015 Youth Opportunity Fund grantees – innovative, scalable programs that place low-income youth on a path to college and career success.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Youth Re-Engagement