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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.
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.”
Youth Voice: I am Not Your Good Immigrant

November 14, 2017

I am not better nor am I worse than the other 10.2 million undocumented immigrants that were not granted this protection in the first place. I am not the “Good Immigrant.” I am not the “Dreamer.” Our parents, our families, those who made the decision to come to a country in which they are criminalized, they are the original dreamers. Not us.
Hispanic/Latino Students Lead in High School, But Fall Behind in College. Why?

October 31, 2017

Two studies have been circulating the news lately that, at first glance, seem to directly contradict each other. One touts low high school dropout rates and higher college enrollment rates for Hispanic/Latino students, while another explores a more troubling fact: they may be enrolling in college, but they’re having a hard time finishing. Here’s why.
Standing with Dreamers and the Promise of America

September 07, 2017

The removal of DACA announced on Tuesday threatens the futures of nearly 800,000 undocumented children and youth living in the United States.
‘The Main Issue Trans Students Face’

August 22, 2017

When 19-year-old Henry Seaton was in high school, he wasn’t allowed to use either the women's restroom or the men's restroom. He had to use the nurse’s restroom instead, which the school thought was the best way to keep him from being bullied. At first, Seaton agreed with the administration. But he now has a different perspective.
Youth Voice: We Must Never Give Up

July 11, 2017

Whether it’s learning English or challenging the negative stereotypes of being an immigrant, one young man demonstrates the importance of persistence, courage, and hope in hard times in this moving personal narrative.
The Limits that Language and Assumptions Place on Young People with Disabilities

July 11, 2017

When Tiffany Yu was only 9 years old, she was in a car accident that changed her life in two inalterable ways. First, Yu suffered severe nerve damage that limits the use of her right arm to this day, a condition called brachial plexus palsy.
Afterschool Advocates Head to Capitol Hill to Fight for Federal Funding

June 06, 2017

Afterschool advocates headed to Capitol Hill on June 6 and will return on June 7 for the annual Afterschool for All Challenge, led by the Afterschool Alliance, a national partner of America’s Promise. Though the organization issues the challenge every year, this week’s events hold special significance in the wake of President Trump’s budget proposal that would cut more than $1 billion in federal afterschool funding.
Teen Pregnancy is at an All-Time Low. That Doesn’t Mean the Work is Over.

May 15, 2017

In the recently released Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America, two statistics are cited side by side: “High school graduation is at an all-time high, and teen pregnancy is at a historic low.”