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When Youth Feel Unsafe: Brief Insights on the Cognitive and Academic Effects of Exposure to Violence

February 22, 2018

This Point of View brief from the Center for Promise provides research insights on a particularly timely topic - violence in America's schools - that is impacting young people in America. Learn more about this topic by reading this brief
The Promise of Comprehensive Community Initiatives

January 24, 2018

Comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) are a potentially promising way to organize supports throughout a community and have attracted interest from philanthropy and public policymakers. Sometimes referred to as cradle-to-career initiatives or collective impact, CCIs are locally organized, multi-sector collaborations that build local capacity and coordinate resources towards a common, population-level goal. Many CCIs facilitate collaboration among health, education, business, and community-based organizations to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in the community.
Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

March 01, 2017

Turning Points builds on the programmatic insights from Relationships Come First by asking young people enrolled in career pathways programs in four cities – Café Momentum in Dallas; Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, DC, and Year Up in the Bay Area – to  describe how the relationships in their lives shape their development.
Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?

October 04, 2016

The role of adult capacity in keeping young people on a path to graduation  
Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students

April 07, 2016

This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. The analysis is based on a review of relevant empirical research and interviews with program developers, practitioners and policy makers in the field.  Contributing to a nascent body of literature, this report highlights examples of how blended learning is being implemented in schools and community-based organizations.
Building Blocks of a GradNation: Assets for Keeping Young People in School

September 19, 2015

Much has been written about how to prevent students from leaving high school before graduating, and which life experiences or risk factors
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…
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.