Change Moves at the Speed of Trust: Community Leader Spotlight with Sara Carter

September 26, 2017

As Youth Thrive’s director of operations, Sara Carter works with a variety of community partners to reach more youth in North Carolina’s Wake County by increasing communication, identifying gaps, and aligning resources for youth programs and services.
What’s Working: How Oregon and Ohio Are Winning the Fight Against Chronic Absence

September 20, 2017

A rural school district embracing the culture of native families in Oregon and a professional football team showing up at kids’ doors in Ohio—these are just two of the creative ways states and communities are fighting chronic absence, as featured in a new report by Attendance Works titled, Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

America’s Promise Welcomes 10 New Partners

September 18, 2017

From an online community dedicated to supporting foster youth to an organization focused on ending bullying, nine new organizations have joined America’s Promise Alliance as partners this month. Find more information on their goals, missions, and efforts below.
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