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August 09, 2018

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
What Advice Would You Give Yourself as a College Freshman?

August 09, 2018

If you could go back in time and give just one piece of advice to yourself as a college freshman, what would it be? That’s the question the staff here at America’s Promise answered. As millions of young people prepare to enter their freshman year of college this summer, we wanted to reflect on what we wish we had known.  So here are a few pieces of meaningful advice we would give ourselves —and by extension, to all the nervous and excited soon-to-be college freshmen out there right now.  

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

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

“Why Do the White Teachers Always Quit?"

August 07, 2018

Students began listing the names of teachers who had left in the middle of the year, all of them white. Ninety-eight percent of students were children of color, mostly Latino, and 86 percent qualified for free or reduced-priced lunch. It had not escaped them that the majority of teachers who had quit did not look like them.

Type: Opinion

promises: Effective Education, Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

If teachers aren’t equipped to help trauma victims, students suffer. Learn from my story.

July 26, 2018

It took one of my kindergarten students, Andrew, to help me figure out how to handle my toughest teaching challenge.
How My Brother’s Keeper Puts Youth at the Forefront of Community Change

July 25, 2018

At a recent Town Hall event, leaders of the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative shared three key principles for closing the persistent opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults

Advice about how to raise the high school graduation rate — from students themselves

July 24, 2018

If you want to know what young people need to succeed, it turns out you should just ask them. They’ll tell you. And they’ll make it clear that neither miracles nor miracle workers are required to help more students graduate from high school and be prepared for the future.

Type: Opinion

TAG: Youth Voice

promises: Effective Education, Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

America’s Promise Welcomes Four New Partners

July 19, 2018

National partners share the belief that youth and children are our nation’s top priority. Organizations that join the Alliance come from many fields and sectors, such as nonprofits, foundations, institutions, corporations, associations, faith-based groups, and more. They are committed to working collaboratively to ensure all children have all Five Promises.
Five Youth Quotes on What It’s Like to Be Suspended or Expelled

July 12, 2018

“All you got to do is to get suspended one time and you’re labeled. I see it, like they follow the same kids around, like everybody knows, ‘Hey, those are the bad kid.’”
Youth Share Three Ways to Fight Homelessness

June 26, 2018

What should teachers do if they suspect a student might be homeless? What about non-educators? Better yet, what can governors and legislators do to fight youth homelessness on a broad scale in their states and communities?