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‘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.
The Limits that Language and Assumptions Place on Young People with Disabilities

July 11, 2017

When Tiffany Yu was only 9 years old, she was in a car accident that changed her life in two inalterable ways. First, Yu suffered severe nerve damage that limits the use of her right arm to this day, a condition called brachial plexus palsy.
A Security Guard, a Flyer, and a Second Chance

July 10, 2017

Esperanzita Castillo, 20, dropped out of school when she was in the sixth grade. By September of 2015, she was out of school, out of work, and seemingly out of options. And then, a security guard at a local career service center handed her a flyer for a program that would change her life.