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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…
America’s Promise Alliance Honors Five Young Adults With 2017 People of Promise Award at Recommit to Kids Summit

April 04, 2017

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) – America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will honor five young change agents at Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future to be held at New York’s Marriott Marquis on April 18. Inspired by the Promise of America Awards, this new organizational honor includes a $20,000 award from AT&T as part of its Aspire initiative.
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
Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation

May 20, 2014

“Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a report by America’s Promise Alliance based on research conducted by its Center for Promise at Tufts University, was funded by Target. In the largest nationwide study of its kind to date, young adults who left high school without graduating spoke at length about their experiences and the reasons they did not complete high school on time. As the nation reaches the all-time high of an 80 percent on-time high school graduation rate, this report listens deeply to what the remaining 20 percent say is happening in their lives, and what they need to stay in school.
Don't Call Them Dropouts

May 20, 2014

The past decade has seen impressive growth in and commitment to helping more students graduate, fueled in part by a growing body of research on barriers. What has been missing from the current research, however, is a vibrant portrait of young people’s experiences gathered and reported in a way that deepens the national conversation about why some young people are still failing to graduate despite historic advances in graduation rates.
Returning Educated African-American and Latino Men to Enriched Neighborhoods (REAL MEN)

April 14, 2014

The REAL MEN program is a short-term program for young men leaving jail that focuses on the young men’s priorities, school, and work, as well as on the psychosocial issues that influence their sexual and drug behavior.  The program uses discussions of masculinity and cultural norms associated with masculinity to inform young men’s options with regards to preventing sexual risk and other risk behaviors.  There is a specific focus on the alternatives available to young men in African American and Latino communities. 
Every Child Every Promise: Turning Failure into Action

January 15, 2014

This report presents the first national research that comprehensively measures the presence of the essential resources -- the Five Promises -- that correlate with success in both youth and adulthood. The report clearly shows that we have much work to do as a nation. But it also shows how we can turn failure into action and improve the lives of young people at risk.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Bayview Safe Haven Program

January 15, 2014

The Bayview Safe Haven program (BVSH) is an after school program for at-risk youth ages 10–17. It is designed to help youth stay in school and out of the criminal justice system, while positioning them for responsible adulthood and improving the quality of life in their families and community. In a community with a dearth of programs for at-risk youth, BVSH is designed to provide a hub of structured activity and to serve as a central site where public and private collaborators can channel resources and services to the youth and families of San Francisco's Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Grand Slam Program

January 15, 2014

The Grand Slam Program (GSP) is a joint program of the Athens Recreation and Parks Department, the Athens Police, and other area agencies to provide recreation opportunities for low-income youth (most of whom live in public housing) in Athens, Georgia, during high crime summer weekend evening periods. GSP’s mission is to offer recreational and educational activities for preteen and teenage youth based on the assumption that when youth have something constructive to do, they are less likely to engage in unlawful activities.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Quantum Opportunities Program

January 15, 2014

The Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) is designed to help at-risk youth make a “quantum leap” up the ladder of opportunity through academic, developmental, and community service activities, coupled with a sustained relationship with a peer group and a caring adult, offered to them over their 4 years of high school.