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Reading Created a Path that Led Me to the Super Bowl

September 07, 2017

“Earlier this year, I was very fortunate to be a part of the Super Bowl winning team. It is such an unbelievable honor to be a member of the New England Patriots…[But] If football is all I am remembered for in life, I will have failed my mission: to help other people experience the power and magic of reading.”

Type: Opinion

TAG: Recommit2Kids

promises: Effective Education, Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: Recommit2Kids

How the Country Has Changed for Young People

August 09, 2017

In the last 20 years, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and youth incarceration rates have gone down, while high school graduation rates are up. More young people are pursuing postsecondary education, and teens are also smoking and drinking less.
VIDEO: The Impact of Childhood Adversity, and Its ‘Antidote’

July 26, 2017

How does the trauma we experience as children impact our lives as adults, and most importantly, what can buffer the impacts of adversity in the lives of children?

Type: News

TAG: Recommit2Kids

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Non-Academic Factors

Changing the Narrative Around Relationships

July 13, 2017

Kids of all ages need adults in their lives who care about them. It’s a fundamental, common-sense sort of truth. And yet, the importance of these relationships is often overlooked and misunderstood.

Type: Opinion

TAG: Recommit2Kids

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

American Dream at Risk? To Invest in Youth, Focus on Their Well-being

June 22, 2017

Is the American Dream at risk? To mark the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance – and to support our campaign to encourage people, organizations, and communities to #Recommit2Kids – we asked our youth leaders to reflect on this question. This perspective is the third in a special series on the topic. For more perspectives, read Here is Where Hope Lies and When the American Dream Turns Into American Need.
Five Programs that Build Relationships

June 14, 2017

Whether it's a parent, mentor, guidance counselor, coach, or neighbor, a caring adult can serve as the primary line of defense against adversity in the lives of young people. This is why creating relationships and webs of support for youth is one of the three main focus areas in Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America.
The Paradox of Progress

May 31, 2017

How do we accelerate progress for more young people in America? This is the question I have spent the last year helping America’s Promise Alliance answer.
For Youth in Rural America, Unique Challenges and Surprising Opportunity

May 25, 2017

When Law Loving was growing up in Northeast Tennessee, he saw a troubling trend taking place: Students were leaving high school without a plan, many of them incurring large amounts of student debt for career paths that weren’t a good fit, and many of them not starting down a path at all. In this Q&A with America’s Promise, Law Loving provides insight into the challenges and opportunities that come with growing up in a rural area.

Type: News

TAG: Recommit2Kids, Rural, STEM

promises: Effective Education, Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

In Hip Hop, A Community of Caring Adults

May 16, 2017

“When did you fall in love with hip hop?” I first heard this question in the seventh grade, when I was watching the film “Brown Sugar.” A few months ago, this question came back to me when I attended a gala hosted by America’s Promise in honor of its 20th anniversary. Among many other influential leaders, the rapper Common was honored for his Common Ground Foundation. While his foundation is no doubt having an impact on the lives of youth, I’ll never forget the impact his music has had on my life.
Letter to Adults, From a Young Person

May 16, 2017

On April 18, America’s Promise Alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary by convening the Recommit to Kids Summit. Youth Board Member Stephanie Watkins-Cruz shares her experience at the event and on the board in this moving letter to the adults who attended—and the adults who show up for young people every day.

Type: Opinion

TAG: Recommit2Kids

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign