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Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: Capturing the Life Experiences of Urban Youth and Their Caregivers

November 21, 2016

This work is part of a larger study by the Center for Promise of how communities come together to support young people, and how young people and their families navigate and negotiate those communities to succeed academically and vocationally, and engage civically. For this study, the Center for Promise conducted two rounds of in-depth interviews, approximately six months apart, with 47 pairs of caregivers and youth in four urban communities in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The questions explored the ways that youth and their families navigate and negotiate their communities to…
Community Collaborations and Youth Development: Preliminary Findings on the State of the Evidence

November 21, 2016

To help close the current gap between research and practice, the Center for Promise undertook an exhaustive review of the existing research and evaluations of collaborative community efforts. In this brief, the Center reviews collaborations that have targeted public health and broader youth development outcomes and whose efforts have been evaluated.
Impact Models: Comprehensive Community Initiatives

November 21, 2016

Poverty, crime, teen pregnancy, and unemployment are part of many East Durham residents’ daily lives, and rates of academic success are among the lowest in North Carolina. But the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) aims to change all that. A partnership among local government, nonprofit, faith, and school organizations, EDCI is focusing on the community’s most promising resource – its children. Since 2008, EDCI has increased access to early childhood educational opportunities, strengthened local elementary and secondary schools, helped establish high quality enrichment activities are in…
Developing Youth Systems: Creating Transformational Change for our Nation's Young People

November 21, 2016

Good schools are, of course, essential, but not alone sufficient for the long-term academic, economic, and civic success of our nation’s young people. Rather, an integrated set of supports is needed in families, in all facets of communities, and, yes, in schools. Research, community wisdom, and common sense tell us that families, schools and the broader community need to work together to create integrated systems of support for each child—an approach that we term youth systems.
Transforming East Lake: Systematic Intentionality in Atlanta

November 21, 2016

The East Lake community in Atlanta faced high rates of violence and unemployment and low graduation rates. Now, more than 20 years after its decline, the neighborhood — and life for its young people — has dramatically improved. 
Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education

November 21, 2016

Stemming from the Don’t Call Them Dropouts report, based on careful listening to young people who didn’t graduate in four years, America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education. The paper explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. The paper is designed as a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders, communications professionals and policymakers interested in supporting out-of…
Building Blocks of a GradNation

December 06, 2016

A Research Brief on Assets for Keeping Young People in School Center for Promise Research Related Promises: Caring AdultsEffective EducationSafe Places
Comprehensive Community Initiatives - Case Studies

December 06, 2016

Collective impact – a collaborative approach to solving social problems - is a popular tool used by the government and community-based organizations. Communities across the country are embracing this approach to help children and young people access the fundamental resources  - what we call the Five Promises – that they need to succeed.    Decades of community change efforts demonstrate, however, that this strategy is far from a silver bullet.
Dispelling Stereotypes of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduation

December 06, 2016

Part of the Don’t Call Them Dropouts series of research, Dispelling Stereotypes of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduation explores the social and emotional competencies of young people who have left school before graduating from high school.
Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life

December 13, 2016

What role do relationships play in fostering workforce development and career readiness among ‘risk-immersed’ youth?