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Community Leader Spotlight: Families In Schools

February 15, 2018

Within the national debate on how to increase college graduates, a key actor is missing—the families of those students being served. Usually, the families are perceived as ‘obstacles’ in helping first generation students access and complete a post-secondary education.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Funding Opportunities

February 08, 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.
Seven Young Leaders Making Black History Today

February 08, 2018

Young people across the country are improving media representation for people of color, promoting literacy education, speaking out against bullying, and much more. In honor of Black History Month, we compiled a list of seven African-American young leaders who are raising their voices, advocating for their causes, and fighting for a better future.
What State of the State Speeches Reveal about the State of Education

February 07, 2018

So far, this year’s State of the State addresses reveals that, when it comes to education, leaders across the country will continue to prioritize workforce development. Here’s a look at five governors who specifically mentioned high school graduation rates in their speeches and how they plan to improve education for young people in their states.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

Action Platform: Pathways

America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T Announce GradNation Acceleration Grant Recipients in Five States

February 06, 2018

America’s Promise Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, announced today the selection of five states and communities as GradNation Acceleration Grant recipients, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The chosen grantees represent programs whose efforts are focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.
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.
What’s Working: Closing the Hispanic/Latino Student Completion Gap in Higher Ed

January 25, 2018

As America’s Promise reported a few months ago, Hispanic/Latino students may be enrolling in college at higher rates, but they’re significantly less likely to finish their degrees than their peers. A recent study from The Education Trust shows that the right on-campus factors can turn the tide for these students, while examples from across the country and other studies offer various approaches for improving graduation rates. Here are a few recommendations for colleges to help their Hispanic/Latino populations succeed.
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.
Community Leader Spotlight: Minnesota Alliance With Youth

January 18, 2018

“If the success of our efforts is tracked by numbers, we have lost the point completely and our children feel it. Before data, graphs, and systems there were relationships and community.” Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, learned this lesson when a student confided that some teachers seemed to care more about tracking attendance than the actual student. America’s Promise asked Goffe about his state’s effort to create a GradNation for all young people and the important role of caring adult relationships in this work. Here are his answers.
America’s Promise Welcomes Five New Partners

December 08, 2017

From an online community dedicated to supporting foster youth to an organization focused on ending bullying, five new organizations have joined America’s Promise Alliance as partners this month. Find more information on their goals, missions, and efforts below.