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Community Leader Spotlight: Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital

May 22, 2018

Ashley Lyles attributes her success in life to the teachers, family, and mentors that have supported her along the way—which is why she has dedicated her own life to paying it forward and working with youth so they may have hopes for a bright future. 

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Why Pathways Matter

May 17, 2018

When America’s Promise talks about pathways, we’re often talking about the experiences, programs, or initiatives that help prepare young people for life after high school—often while they’re still in it. Since pathways are a key part of our GradNation Action Platform, and because it’s a term we use quite a lot, we think it’s worth exploring a little more.
Funding Opportunities

May 15, 2018

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
“Stop Doubting Us.” What Current Ballou Students Want You to Know About Their School

May 09, 2018

Current Ballou students acknowledge the school’s issues with attendance, but they say the school portrayed in the news scarcely resembles the one they know and love. Instead, the students hear a narrative that feels all too familiar: people don’t think “poor black kids” have what it takes to succeed.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

New Reports Reveal Extreme Discipline Disparities for Students with Disabilities

April 30, 2018

As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, three new reports show that students with disabilities are subjected to school discipline at severely disproportionate rates, resulting in chronic exclusion and lost learning opportunities.
I’m an Oklahoma educator who had become complacent about funding cuts. Our students will be different.

April 26, 2018

I’ve spent the last 40 years watching the state I love divest in its future. The cuts to education budgets just kept coming. Oklahoma City Public Schools, where I spent the last 10 years working with teachers, had to cut over $30 million in the 2016-17 academic year alone.
Community Leader Spotlight: City of Orlando’s Families, Parks and Recreation Department

April 24, 2018

When Lisa Early was a kid, she pledged allegiance to the flag every morning at school with her hand over her heart.
Our National and Moral Responsibility to Young People

April 18, 2018

Adults often complain that kids today don't respect their elders. But what happens when it's the other way around? What if young people are the ones who are not getting the respect and dignity they need to be successful in school and life?
What’s Working: How Arizona Helps Young People Reconnect to School and Work

April 05, 2018

A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
Character is Everything

April 02, 2018

In Wintley Phipps’ remarkable career as a vocal artist, he has sung in front of six U.S. presidents, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Oprah. As a minister, he’s delivered messages of equality and hope in almost every continent on the globe.