April 17, 2017
How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about what’s changed in the past 20 years in young people’s lives and in our understanding of youth development. We surveyed our network, spoke with young people, and interviewed more than 200 people representing nonprofits, corporations, foundations, research and policy entities, educational institutions…
SOURCE: America's Promise Alliance
Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life
December 15, 2016
What role do relationships play in fostering workforce development and career readiness among ‘risk-immersed’ youth?
November 29, 2016
This report provides new insights into the obstacles to wellness young people of color face in five cities and brings young people’s voices and views into the discussion about what affects their health and wellness.
December 18, 2015
Although most social science research on adolescence emphasizes risks and challenges, an emergent field of study focuses on adolescent thriving. This study extends this line of inquiry by examining the power of identifying and nurturing young people’s passions or interests (“sparks”), empowering them to make civic contributions (giving them “voice”), and providing the relationships and opportunities that reinforce and nourish thriving.
November 25, 2015
Those who study youth development look to both external factors that affect youth (environment) and internal factors within the youth (personal attributes) that contribute to their positive growth. Richard Lerner and his colleagues have also emphasized the importance of examining the interaction of person and environment to understand more completely how youth develop.
September 06, 2015
This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school.
February 03, 2015
GradNation Summit Conveners: These resources will help you prepare to host a successful GradNation Community Summit. Please contact your summit manager with
September 04, 2014
Great progress has been made over the last decade to reach an 80 percent graduation rate, but for the one in five students still not graduating on time, more hard work is required to achieve the GradNation goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020. For that reason, America’s Promise Alliance presents this paper that illustrates how national service is making a positive impact on young people and closing the graduation gap – from early literacy through high school graduation and beyond. Emerging evidence, described in this white paper, tells us that national service works.
January 27, 2014
Published by YSA and Sodexo Foundation, this new resource highlights best-practice strategies of K-12 classroom teachers who are using a Semester of Service™ framework to engage their students in addressing childhood hunger.
January 15, 2014
Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families. The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families. With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families. The platform encourages leaders to build on their local assets and opportunities and highlights essential "infrastructure," key functions and processes crucial to effective investments in children and families.