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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.
Resources and Relationships: Community Leader Spotlight with Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

November 28, 2017

Molly Shaw serves as executive director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools (CIS) network, an organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed
Hispanic/Latino Students Lead in High School, But Fall Behind in College. Why?

October 31, 2017

Two studies have been circulating the news lately that, at first glance, seem to directly contradict each other. One touts low high school dropout rates and higher college enrollment rates for Hispanic/Latino students, while another explores a more troubling fact: they may be enrolling in college, but they’re having a hard time finishing. Here’s why.
Youth Leader Spotlight with Maria Salmeron

October 26, 2017

“My advice for adults would be to foster healthy, supportive, and trustworthy relationships with young people from the beginning. Once the trust is there, adults can mentor young people in finding their passion and guide them through the process of developing into successful young adults.”
What’s Working: Could Better Data Improve Youth Employment?

October 18, 2017

If you had a million dollars, how would you use it to help young people find jobs? If you could change or create one policy to support youth employment, what would it be? Youth development experts tackled these questions at the 11th Annual JAG National Thought Leader Event on Oct. 11.
Lesson from National Nonprofit: To Lift Children Out of Poverty, Empower their Parents

October 05, 2017

Research shows that programs make more progress when they involve parents or caregivers. Yet not every organization that wants to impact kids works with and for parents. Why not? Here’s a look at some of the challenges—and a few solutions.