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A Michigan Grads Program Sets Its Sights High

May 30, 2018

“They might go to math class and wonder, ‘Why am I learning algebra?’ But if the career you want to pursue in, say, construction, will have you using those skills every day, you think about it differently. We get them to understand how the work they’re doing in school is related to what’s coming next.”
Why Pathways Matter

May 17, 2018

When America’s Promise talks about pathways, we’re often talking about the experiences, programs, or initiatives that help prepare young people for life after high school—often while they’re still in it. Since pathways are a key part of our GradNation Action Platform, and because it’s a term we use quite a lot, we think it’s worth exploring a little more.
What’s Working: How Arizona Helps Young People Reconnect to School and Work

April 05, 2018

A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
What State of the State Speeches Reveal about the State of Education

February 07, 2018

So far, this year’s State of the State addresses reveals that, when it comes to education, leaders across the country will continue to prioritize workforce development. Here’s a look at five governors who specifically mentioned high school graduation rates in their speeches and how they plan to improve education for young people in their states.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Pathways

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.
What’s Working: The Superior High School Diploma

August 08, 2017

When it comes to preparing high school graduates for college, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education says that not all diplomas are created equal—and that one type of diploma in particular stands out above the rest: a college and career ready diploma.

Type: News

TAG: College Gap

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Pathways

California Nonprofit Connects Students in ‘Tech Deserts’ to Careers in STEM

June 23, 2016

Center for Powerful Public Schools’ Engineering Environmental Innovation (EEI) program prepares high school students for careers in energy engineering and sustainability. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2015 Youth Opportunity Fund grantees are supporting innovative and scalable programs that increase the employability of young people and connect them to economic opportunities in their cities. The $3 million Fund is led by the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Pathways

Three Promising Practices that Prepare Youth for the Workforce

June 09, 2016

For the past six months, America’s Promise has published a series of profiles highlighting 2015 Youth Opportunity Fund grantees that are supporting innovative, scalable programs that place low-income youth on a path to college and career success. This is the first article to look at trends and promising practices across all 12 of them.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Pathways