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Comprehensive Community Initiatives - Case Studies

November 19, 2015

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.
Building Blocks of a GradNation

September 19, 2015

A Research Brief on Assets for Keeping Young People in School Center for Promise Research Related Promises: Caring AdultsEffective EducationSafe Places
Don’t Quit on Me

September 06, 2015

This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school.
Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education

December 11, 2014

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…
Transforming East Lake: Systematic Intentionality in Atlanta

March 31, 2014

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. 
Developing Youth Systems: Creating Transformational Change for our Nation's Young People

January 20, 2014

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.
Impact Models: Comprehensive Community Initiatives

January 20, 2014

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…
Community Collaborations and Youth Development: Preliminary Findings on the State of the Evidence

January 20, 2014

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

January 20, 2014

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…