This Is Who We Are

June 21, 2018

As I have watched the news about the separation of families at the border, I can't help but think that this is a story that could have been my own. My parents both came to the United States as teenagers. My mom left El Salvador when she was 15 for the same reason most immigrants come to the United States—the American dream.
A Two-Generation Approach

March 07, 2018

"Parents are their children’s first teacher,” NAZ President and CEO Sondra Samuels says. “An army of empowered parents are also the fuel needed to put pressure on systems to remove barriers to their families’ overall success and their children’s academic and life success."
OUR WORK: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America

April 17, 2017

How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about what’s changed in the past 20 years in young people’s lives and in our understanding of youth development. We surveyed our network, spoke with young people, and interviewed more than 200 people representing nonprofits, corporations, foundations, research and policy entities, educational institutions…
The First 100 Days: Lessons from My Learning Tour

February 09, 2017

This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth. On November 1, the learning began.
I Am Not My Diagnosis

December 19, 2016

This story is part of the “90 for All” series, which examines the challenges facing traditionally underserved students, particularly low-income and homeless students, English language learners, students of color and students with disabilities.
Community Leader Spotlight with David Reese, Executive Director of the East Durham Children’s Initiative

December 14, 2016

We asked Reese what he’s excited about, what he’s most proud of, and what he’s learned in his more than 20 years in the field

Type: News

TAG: Low-Income, Early Childhood

promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: National Alliance

What About the Children?

August 08, 2016

I thought if I let a little time pass the sadness, fear, anger and frustration that has surrounded me since learning of the events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas would dissipate a bit. I just needed a little break in the clouds so my emotions wouldn’t be so raw and my thoughts could become clearer. That didn’t happen. I’m as raw as when I first heard the news and perhaps even more angry and frustrated.
Community Leader Spotlight with Rev. Samuel Casey, Executive Director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), San Bernardino, CA

June 21, 2016

Pastor Samuel serves as the Executive Director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE) in San Bernardino, CA. COPE's call is to galvanize the collective will of more than 5,000 congregants throughout the Inland Empire to revitalize the communities in which they live, work, and worship. Pastor Casey has over 15 years of experience organizing faith leaders to engage in grassroots organizing efforts focused on education, prisoner reentry, and consumer advocacy. Pastor Casey formally led an empowerment program serving more than 500 at-risk youth in San Bernardino City Unified…

Type: News

TAG: Early Childhood

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali Receives Promise of America Award

May 10, 2016

America’s Promise Alliance Board Chair Alma J. Powell surprised Communities In Schools President and CEO Dan Cardinali with a prestigious Promise of America Award on May 10 at a gathering of more than 100 leaders dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.
Solutions For A Brighter Future: Perspectives from a Santa Fe Youth

January 12, 2016

On November 18, the Santa Fe Community Foundation organized Opportunity Santa Fe, a GradNation Community Summit, to discuss solutions for the many challenges facing Santa Fe Youth. Vanessa Morales, a junior at Tierra Encantada Charter School, was a youth panelist at the summit. This is her perspective: