March 22, 2012
More than 120 young people attended the Building a Grad Nation Summit where they were involved as session attendees, speakers, panelists, planners and overall drivers of conversation. To ensure that young leaders had time to prepare for their experience and also have an opportunity to be among their peers, America’s Promise Alliance hosted a pre-conference on Sunday to kick start the networking, learning, and leadership of those aged 13-25. The five-hour session was planned and led exclusively by a group of 12 active young leaders from around the country that came together as the Summit…
April 06, 2011
America’s Promise Alliance and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign are collaborating to raise awareness about America’s high school dropout crisis in underserved communities. The organizations will distribute DVDs and facilitator toolkits for the critically acclaimed documentary Waiting for “Superman” to communities throughout the country and engage with these communities to reduce their high school dropout rates.
April 01, 2011
Every 26 seconds in America, a student drops out of high school. At the Building a Grad Nation Summit, State Farm announced the launch of a campaign to address this startling statistic and engage those who can most directly affect change – young people themselves. The campaign titled “26 Seconds,” will use interests – like music, sports and video – to engage youth. It will provide an online venue for youth to express feelings on the issue and creatively share thoughts and talents – encouraging them and their peers to make graduation a priority so they become more than a statistic. The…
Building a Grad Nation Summit invigorates and equips attendees to move forward in dropout prevention efforts
March 25, 2011
The First Annual Building a Grad Nation Summit convened March 21-23 in the nation’s capital bringing together more than 800 education stakeholders to discuss solutions to the challenging high school dropout crisis in America. As part of America’s Promise Alliance’s 10-year Grad Nation campaign to mobilize Americans to end the dropout crisis, this annual event was co-hosted by the Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center and the Alliance for Excellent Education. In addition to a notable lineup of speakers from the Administration, public and private…
March 25, 2011
A report released by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center shows the nation continues to make progress in its efforts to keep students in school. The report found that the number of high schools graduating 60 percent or less of students on time decreased by 112 between 2008 and 2009.
February 24, 2011
America’s Promise Alliance has received a $1 million dollar grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its Grad Nation campaign. The grant will be used to support dropout prevention work in select cities over two years. The first round of Grad Nation Community Grants will be awarded to: Detroit, Mich; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn; Oakland, Calif. and Washington, D.C. These grants, in the amounts of $79,500 each, will help ensure each community has a full-time staff member to oversee the coordination of ongoing dropout prevention work and make progress on specific focus areas…
February 03, 2011
Several of the 2010 My Idea Grants project winners took their great ideas and transformed them into something bigger. America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T invited youth from around the country to submit projects for the My Idea Grants competition on how to get more of their peers to graduate high school on time. One winner from New Mexico developed a project that used theater to tackle the challenges teens face on the road to graduation.
December 09, 2010
As the United States continues to confront its high school dropout crisis, a new report reveals that progress has been made in schools, districts, communities and states across the country. Released on November 30 at an event in Washington, D.C. by America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic shows that the national high school graduation rate has increased. The report is supported by lead sponsor Target and includes additional sponsorship…
July 30, 2010
America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance) and DeVry Inc. have announced a major, multi-year partnership to help increase high school and college graduation rates across the country. The partnership will be a featured component of the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign, a 10-year effort to mobilize all Americans to take action in their communities to end the high school dropout crisis and ultimately prepare young people for postsecondary education and the 21st century workforce. In support of the partnership, DeVry will donate $1.5 million to the Alliance, to be distributed over three years, and…
City of Sacramento and California Mayors host State of California Graduation Summit with goal to increase graduation rates
June 24, 2010
WestEd held the California Mayors Graduation Summit April 29 as part of the national movement supported by America's Promise Alliance, AT&T and State Farm, along with the James Irvine Foundation. The summit was hosted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson along with other mayors from across the state including San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; Stockton Mayor Anne Johnston, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox.