What's In A Name?

June 10, 2014

It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare pondered that question in Romeo and Juliet, yet it continues to have an unexpected resonance in public education today. If you need proof, just take a look at “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a major new study from America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University.
Comprehensive Community Action Takes Root In North Carolina

November 18, 2015

There is a burgeoning national movement embracing collaboration as a tool for addressing young people’s interconnected needs, bringing together multiple sectors to pursue a common agenda and reach shared goals. 
Trauma Without Borders

December 18, 2015

It’s shocking and heartbreaking to see the lives of millions of Syrian children thrown into chaos. Now refugees, they’re struggling for survival, often without their parents, trying to find new homes, new lives.
Five Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Class of 2020

September 08, 2016

I don’t have teenage kids any more, but I do have a special interest in the nearly 4 million kids who are just starting high school right now. Back in 2010, the GradNation campaign set a goal of 90 percent high school graduation by 2020, and we’ve made great progress since then, reaching an all-time high graduation rate of 82.3 percent. 
Channel surfing: Family Engagement on

March 13, 2014 is designed to be a one-stop shop to help you and your community increase the high school graduation rate. With so many solutions, we’ve broken the site into different channels, so you can easily locate resources, information and conversations. Channel Surfing, is an easy way to get a glimpse of what each channel offers.

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Are you really listening?

November 18, 2014

As one of the lead interviewers for the Don't Call Them Dropouts report, McClay shared some proven techniques for how to work with, and gain the trust of young people in your community.

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What’s Working: To Increase Grad Rates, Increase the Number of Adults In Your Community

October 20, 2016

For every seven more adults in a neighborhood, there is one fewer young person who leaves school without graduating. That’s a major finding from a new Center for Promise study, Who’s Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation.
An Uncomfortable Truth: Too Many Young People Experience Fear Every Day In America

December 06, 2016

While the recent campaign and election moved fear to the forefront in a great many households, the uncomfortable truth is that for far too many young people in America fear for personal safety is an everyday occurrence.
America's Promise #PromiseChat: Providing #SafePlaces for All Young People

December 08, 2016

Join America’s Promise Alliance for an interactive Twitter chat on providing #SafePlaces for youth.

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Before You Build Skills, Build Relationships

December 15, 2016

In an in-depth look at four workforce development and career readiness programs across the country, a new Center for Promise report demonstrates that building supportive relationships with young people is just as important as building their skills.

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