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How to Find Out if Your High School Students Are Ready for Their Future

September 06, 2017

The world of education and work continues to shift, and so do student perceptions about these areas. That’s why the Research Consortium on Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills is collaborating on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of Career Paths and 21st Century Skills.
“All-out Community Promise:” Community Leader Spotlight with Stephannie Finley

August 28, 2017

Stephannie Finley is the Executive Director of University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ University Partnerships and Public Policy. She helps link the university and members of the business, education, and nonprofit communities, along with working on regional priorities with UCCS' community partners. 
‘The Main Issue Trans Students Face’

August 22, 2017

When 19-year-old Henry Seaton was in high school, he wasn’t allowed to use either the women's restroom or the men's restroom. He had to use the nurse’s restroom instead, which the school thought was the best way to keep him from being bullied. At first, Seaton agreed with the administration. But he now has a different perspective.
What’s Working: The Superior High School Diploma

August 08, 2017

When it comes to preparing high school graduates for college, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education says that not all diplomas are created equal—and that one type of diploma in particular stands out above the rest: a college and career ready diploma.

Type: News

TAG: College Gap

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Pathways

America's Promise #PromiseChat: Working Together to Reduce Chronic Absence

August 07, 2017

Join America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works and Everyone Graduates Center for an interactive Twitter chat on August 17th on what schools and communities can do to reduce chronic absence this school year.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

How Mentors Can Better Support Their Mentees

July 27, 2017

Imagine you’re a mentor for a student who needs immediate help. What’s the best way to respond? Would you first meet the mentee’s immediate emotional needs, ensure their physical and psychological safety, or focus on problem-solving and resources?

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Funding Opportunities

July 26, 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. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item. NEW: Born This Way Foundation Channel Kindness Award
VIDEO: The Impact of Childhood Adversity, and Its ‘Antidote’

July 26, 2017

How does the trauma we experience as children impact our lives as adults, and most importantly, what can buffer the impacts of adversity in the lives of children?

Type: News

TAG: Recommit2Kids

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Non-Academic Factors

What’s Working: Four Ways Policymakers Can Use Data to Improve Schools

July 26, 2017

Along with spotlighting states that can serve as examples to the rest of the country, Time to Act 2017: Put Data in the Hands of the People challenges leaders in education agencies, state boards, legislatures, and governors to prioritize the effective use of data in the following four ways.
The Relationship Piece is Key: Community Leader Spotlight with Isela Melendez-Carpio

July 17, 2017

How does Isela Melendez-Carpio know she’s been successful? When a student believes they are fully capable of achieving their dreams. This isn’t always easy. Many of the students Melendez-Carpio works with as a career program manager for Posse DC suffer from “imposter syndrome;” their socio-economic background can make them feel like they don’t deserve the prestigious internships, fellowships, jobs, or graduate schools that she connects them with.