Can Jobs Make Chicago Safer?

March 22, 2018

For many young men, joining a gang is their best option to survive. That’s why Chicago CRED works to provide “a pathway from the streets and into the legal economy” to combat gun violence in the city.

Type: News

TAG: Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Youth Re-Engagement

Community Leader Spotlight: ImpactTulsa

March 13, 2018

Alex Paschal, Manager of Community Engagement for ImpactTulsa, is “motivated by the vision of ensuring all students are guaranteed a high-quality education and a pathway to thrive.” That’s why Paschal and the team at ImpactTulsa are helping more students finish high school prepared with the resources they need for postsecondary success.
How States Are Leading for Equity

February 22, 2018

What can states do to ensure that every student receives an effective education? What does a real commitment to equity look like? A panel of experts tackled these questions in their discussion of a new report, States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments. Here are the takeaways.
Community Leader Spotlight: Families In Schools

February 15, 2018

Within the national debate on how to increase college graduates, a key actor is missing—the families of those students being served. Usually, the families are perceived as ‘obstacles’ in helping first generation students access and complete a post-secondary education.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Seven Young Leaders Making Black History Today

February 08, 2018

Young people across the country are improving media representation for people of color, promoting literacy education, speaking out against bullying, and much more. In honor of Black History Month, we compiled a list of seven African-American young leaders who are raising their voices, advocating for their causes, and fighting for a better future.
How One School Came to Be at the Center of the Grad Rate Debate

February 01, 2018

If you work in any field even remotely related to education, odds are you’ve come across a headline about D.C.’s Ballou High School at some point in the past few months. Here’s a quick rundown and reminder of everything we know so far.
What’s Working: Closing the Hispanic/Latino Student Completion Gap in Higher Ed

January 25, 2018

As America’s Promise reported a few months ago, Hispanic/Latino students may be enrolling in college at higher rates, but they’re significantly less likely to finish their degrees than their peers. A recent study from The Education Trust shows that the right on-campus factors can turn the tide for these students, while examples from across the country and other studies offer various approaches for improving graduation rates. Here are a few recommendations for colleges to help their Hispanic/Latino populations succeed.
Community Leader Spotlight: Minnesota Alliance With Youth

January 18, 2018

“If the success of our efforts is tracked by numbers, we have lost the point completely and our children feel it. Before data, graphs, and systems there were relationships and community.” Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, learned this lesson when a student confided that some teachers seemed to care more about tracking attendance than the actual student. America’s Promise asked Goffe about his state’s effort to create a GradNation for all young people and the important role of caring adult relationships in this work. Here are his answers.
Convener and Catalyst: Community Leader Spotlight with the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families

December 12, 2017

Mindy Sturm serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families (MOCYF) in Charleston, South Carolina. MOCYF focuses on improving the conditions for children, mobilizing resources in the community to work on their behalf, and developing strategies to support children, youth and families.

Type: News

TAG: Using Data

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Non-Academic Factors

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.”