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2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

May 05, 2016

Written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America's Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, this report examines the progress and challenges the nation faces in reaching the GradNation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by the Class of 2020.
Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance Announce Youth Opportunity Fund Grant Recipients in 10 U.S. Cities

July 25, 2016

The Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance today announced that 12 nonprofit organizations have been selected as recipients of the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $3 million initiative to support city-level, innovative and scalable programs connecting more than 3,500 youth to opportunities that increase their employability and prepare them for lifelong success. 
Building a Bridge From School to Adult Life

November 21, 2016

This handbook is for students and family members to help with preparation for life after high school. It provides advice in transition planning and advises students and parents to be proactive to ensure goals for self-advocacy, college, training, and employment.
Graduation Matters Parent Toolkit

November 21, 2016

This toolkit was created by the Jackson, Mississippi United Way World Wide affiliate. It was designed to offer suggestions and tools for parents to help youth succeed as they enter middle school, high school, and college.
Parent Advocacy Brief -- Transition to College: Strategic Planning to Ensure Success for Students with Learning Disabilities

November 21, 2016

This parent advocacy brief helps parents understand the requirements and opportunities included in the law regarding youth with learning disabilities. The brief highlights important documents that are crucial for parents in planning for their children’s future. It also offers a check list that notes critical points in college planning, which is meant to supplement the wide range of material available to all students in planning for college.
Resource Guide for Family Engagement in Education at the High School Level by the Harvard Family Research Project

November 21, 2016

This resource guide provides research based examples of how communities and schools can reach out to families of high school students to engage them meaningfully on the path to post-secondary success. Some resources focus on the critical transition periods between eight to ninth grade and high school to college and discuss specific strategies to help families and schools support students through these pivotal periods.
Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond

November 21, 2016

This report, released by the American Youth Policy Forum describes programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers. These programs represent a wide range of interventions, including school-wide reform initiatives, community-based afterschool services, work-based learning opportunities, and college access programs.
The Role of Mentoring in College Access and Success

November 21, 2016

Given the urgent need to increase access to and success in college for all students, this Research to Practice brief distills and synthesizes scholarly research specifically as it pertains to the role of mentoring to promote college access and success, featuring an interview with the leadership of Philadelphia-Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar program.
The State of Learning Disabilities

November 21, 2016

This National Center for Learning Disabilities publication provides facts, trends, and indicators regarding learning disabilities (LD). It highlights the most common types of LD in the US categorized by age, sex, income level and race. The statistics detailing post-secondary school enrollment for students with LD and the achievement gap between students with and without LD indicate both the progress made and the challenges that people with LD are still facing.
Business Resources for a College- and Career- Ready America

November 21, 2016

Achieve's Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America and its website, www.BusinessandEducation.org.