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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

How One School Came to Be at the Center of the Grad Rate Debate

February 01, 2018

If you work in any field even remotely related to education, odds are you’ve come across a headline about D.C.’s Ballou High School at some point in the past few months. Here’s a quick rundown and reminder of everything we know so far.
What’s Working: Closing the Hispanic/Latino Student Completion Gap in Higher Ed

January 25, 2018

As America’s Promise reported a few months ago, Hispanic/Latino students may be enrolling in college at higher rates, but they’re significantly less likely to finish their degrees than their peers. A recent study from The Education Trust shows that the right on-campus factors can turn the tide for these students, while examples from across the country and other studies offer various approaches for improving graduation rates. Here are a few recommendations for colleges to help their Hispanic/Latino populations succeed.
Community Leader Spotlight: Minnesota Alliance With Youth

January 18, 2018

“If the success of our efforts is tracked by numbers, we have lost the point completely and our children feel it. Before data, graphs, and systems there were relationships and community.” Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, learned this lesson when a student confided that some teachers seemed to care more about tracking attendance than the actual student. America’s Promise asked Goffe about his state’s effort to create a GradNation for all young people and the important role of caring adult relationships in this work. Here are his answers.
Convener and Catalyst: Community Leader Spotlight with the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families

December 12, 2017

Mindy Sturm serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families (MOCYF) in Charleston, South Carolina. MOCYF focuses on improving the conditions for children, mobilizing resources in the community to work on their behalf, and developing strategies to support children, youth and families.

Type: News

TAG: Using Data

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Non-Academic Factors

America’s Promise Welcomes Five New Partners

December 08, 2017

From an online community dedicated to supporting foster youth to an organization focused on ending bullying, five new organizations have joined America’s Promise Alliance as partners this month. Find more information on their goals, missions, and efforts below.
The Number One Risk Factor for Youth Homelessness

December 07, 2017

“It might be no surprise that students experiencing homelessness are more at risk of dropping out than others—as this young person illustrates—but new research shows that the inverse is also true: When it comes to youth homelessness, not having a high school diploma is the biggest risk factor of all.”
As Grad Rates Rise, Accountability is a Must

December 06, 2017

By now, you’ve probably heard that the Department of Education published the latest numbers on grad rates earlier this week, revealing that the on-time high school graduation rate has risen to a high of 84.1 percent. Leaders of the GradNation campaign quickly published a statement both celebrating the progress and urging the education community to double-down on accountability.
Four Ways Indiana is Closing Its Graduation Gap for Low-income Students

December 05, 2017

When it comes to graduation rates, Indiana has some serious bragging rights. Not only did it have one of the highest high school graduation rates of any state in the country in 2015, it also reported the smallest graduation gap between low-income and non-low-income students—no easy feat, considering more than one-third of Indiana students come from low-income families. So how did they do it?
Funding Opportunities

December 05, 2017

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.