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Community Leader Spotlight with Illinois Valley High School

July 19, 2018

Gene Merrill was born and raised in the rural Southern Oregon community of Cave Junction. Both of his parents dropped out of school after 8th grade, and he was the first person in his family to achieve a high school diploma. Today, he is the college and careers coordinator at the school he graduated from, Illinois Valley High School, part of Three Rivers School District.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

America’s Promise Welcomes Four New Partners

July 19, 2018

National partners share the belief that youth and children are our nation’s top priority. Organizations that join the Alliance come from many fields and sectors, such as nonprofits, foundations, institutions, corporations, associations, faith-based groups, and more. They are committed to working collaboratively to ensure all children have all Five Promises.
Five Youth Quotes on What It’s Like to Be Suspended or Expelled

July 12, 2018

“All you got to do is to get suspended one time and you’re labeled. I see it, like they follow the same kids around, like everybody knows, ‘Hey, those are the bad kid.’”
Funding Opportunities

July 12, 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.
Seven Questions About Title IX, Answered

July 12, 2018

Although sexual misconduct remains alarmingly pervasive in K-12 education, many schools, students, parents, and organizations aren’t aware of their responsibilities and individuals’ rights under Title IX. Here’s an overview on how Title IX applies to K-12 programs.

Type: News

TAG: Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places, Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: School Climate

New Report Highlights How Exclusionary Discipline Leads Students to Disconnect from School

July 11, 2018

Harsh school discipline policies and practices are leading students—particularly students of color and students with disabilities—to disconnect from school, according to a new report from the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
I Was a Homeless Student and School Helped Me Find My Way Home

July 10, 2018

I first experienced homelessness with my family, then on my own. I was born to a single mother and a father who was absent because of post-traumatic stress disorder he developed after the war. Throughout my childhood, my mother, two sisters and I moved from home to home, sometimes not having one at all.
What’s Working: Two Key Levers for Improving College Grad Rates

June 27, 2018

This public charter school in Chicago encourages students to do two things to increase their odds of graduating from college: Raise their GPAs and attend colleges with 50 percent or higher graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.
High School Students Get a Jump on College in Baltimore

June 26, 2018

All his life, Anthony Lloyd was told that he wouldn’t graduate high school. “Teachers, principals, just people everybody thought I was going to fail and end up in the streets. It was told to me so much I almost believed it.”

Type: News

TAG: Career Pathways

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Pathways