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OUR WORK: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America

April 17, 2017

How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about what’s changed in the past 20 years in young people’s lives and in our understanding of youth development. We surveyed our network, spoke with young people, and interviewed more than 200 people representing nonprofits, corporations, foundations, research and policy entities, educational institutions…
Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

March 01, 2017

Turning Points builds on the programmatic insights from Relationships Come First by asking young people enrolled in career pathways programs in four cities – Café Momentum in Dallas; Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, DC, and Year Up in the Bay Area – to  describe how the relationships in their lives shape their development.
Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

March 01, 2017

In this brief, the authors present a web of support framework to describe how youth relate to adults and peers in their lives, and how these relationships provide the supports necessary for young people to thrive. This framework is composed of three key layers, each of which contributes to a young person’s development: relationships, resources, and networks/social capital.
New Study Finds that for Every Seven More Adults in a Neighborhood, One Fewer Young Person Leaves School

October 10, 2016

The more adults in a community, the more young people stay on a path toward academic success, regardless of other factors that influence a young person’s educational trajectory, according to new research released today by the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
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. 
Don't Forget the Families

November 25, 2015

In the midst of growing national interest in strengthening children’s “soft” or social-emotional skills as critical for learning, work, and life, a new study from Search Institute highlights the power of family relationships as a critical, but often neglected, factor in the development of character strengths in children.
Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Postsecondary Settings

October 27, 2015

The Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Postsecondary Settings Resource Guide, from the U.S. Department of Education, was put together to help educators and school staff support the academic success of undocumented youth, debunk misconceptions by clarifying the legal rights of undocumented students, share helpful information about financial aid options open to undocumented students, and support youth applying for DACA consideration or renewal.
Building Blocks of a GradNation: Assets for Keeping Young People in School

September 19, 2015

Much has been written about how to prevent students from leaving high school before graduating, and which life experiences or risk factors
We Need You! Enlisting Allies for Your Attendance Campaign

September 03, 2014

A Sneak Preview Inside this Resource What Community Schools Can Do to Reduce Chronic Absence: Offer a philosophy of working in partnership to address holistic needs of students and families Create a network of supports that ensure good attendance as part of a vision for academic success, family self-sufficiency, and economic prosperity Have the advantage of pre-existing partnerships already in place between schools, community- based organizations and other groups 
The Research Base for a Birth through Age Eight State Policy Framework

April 15, 2014

This report is a compendium to the framework that emphasizes three important messages: 1) there is an evidence base for the policy areas and policy foundations identified in the Birth through Eight State Policy Framework; 2) the years starting at birth and continuing through age eight are a critical time for achieving good health, strong families, and better learning outcomes in early childhood and later in life; and 3) the supports and experiences that children receive have a cumulative effect—each experience influences the next and sustains previous growth and development.