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What We Mean When We Say: “Pathways”

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.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

May 16, 2018

Opening – May 2018

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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.
Building on Parkland to Sustain Youth Voice

May 15, 2018

How can youth-serving organizations and adult allies ensure that the energy around youth voice continues long after the current moment has passed? How can organizations that serve youth better empower young people to voice their opinions and ideas on the issues that affect them the most?

Type: News

D.C. Youth Reporters Get the Inside Scoop on Promise Night

May 15, 2018

“Young people have such unlimited potential,” Promise of America Honoree Sandra Samuels said in an interview at fourth annual Promise Night. The student journalists from Eliot Hine Network conducting the interview certainly showed that to be the case.

Type: News

Michelle Obama Advises Future Freshmen: If You Fall Behind, Ask for Help.

May 10, 2018

At a loud and energetic College Signing Day in Philadelphia, celebrities, athletes, and politicians joined former First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate graduating high school seniors who have chosen to continue on to higher education.

Type: News

“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.

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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.
Three Ways Schools Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

April 26, 2018

As support for sexual assault prevention gains traction across the country, a group of experts point to three strategies that have proven effective: Start teaching students about consent early, empower them to find solutions through intervention, and include parents in the conversation.