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Tailored Approaches to Help English Learners Graduate

June 28, 2017

In a Center for Promise study released this spring, an important finding emerged: Students whose first language is not English (FLNE) are not a homogenous group. But schools are often tasked with treating this dynamic group of students as if they are all the same.
Three Things that Can Make or Break FLNE Students’ Success

May 15, 2017

This story is part of the “90 for All” series, which examines the challenges facing traditionally underserved students, particularly low-income and homeless students, English language learners, students of color, and students with disabilities. One in five students in Massachusetts is classified as FLNE, a student whose First Language is not English. Even though Massachusetts has increased its high school graduation rate from just below 80 percent to 86 percent in recent years—one of the highest in the country—the rate for FLNE students is only 70 percent.
When it Comes to Adversity, New Study Finds that Some Experiences Carry More Weight than Others

April 26, 2017

How much adversity is too much? Are some worse then others? How does the amount and type of adversity affect young people’s lives? These are the questions explored in a recent report from the Center for Promise, Barriers to Success: Moving Toward a Deeper Understanding of Adversity’s Effects on Adolescents. Analyzing three existing data sets, researchers assessed a select group of Adverse Life Experiences (ALEs) and the role they play in youth outcomes.
Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance Join Forces to Help Communities Prepare All Students For Higher Education

April 17, 2017

Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance, two nonprofit organizations with a half century of experience between them, today announced the formation of an institute that will bring together the best thinking, latest research and field-tested strategies to support communities seeking to help more students get on a path to success in higher education and beyond.
In Parramore Kidz Zone, a Role Model for Community Collaboration

April 12, 2017

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, America’s Promise is recognizing an organization that exemplifies how communities can collaborate to improve youth outcomes: The Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ). The organization will receive the Powell Legacy Award—and a $50,000 donation—at the Recommit to Kids Summit on April 18.
For this Community, Bilingualism is Not a Problem. It’s an Asset.

April 04, 2017

How can schools and communities create an inclusive environment for English-language learners? It starts by recognizing that bilingualism is an asset to be encouraged, not a problem to be solved.
America's Promise #PromiseChat: Providing an #EffectiveEdu for Youth Through Technology

February 17, 2017

Join America’s Promise Alliance, Center for Promise, Afterschool Alliance, and Ben Herold of Education Week on February 23 at 3-4 PM ET for an interactive Twitter chat on providing an #EffectiveEdu for youth through technology.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

What’s Working: In Colorado, A Simple Approach Helps Homeless Students Succeed in College

January 25, 2017

In almost all public and nonprofit colleges and universities in Colorado, unaccompanied homeless youth can expect to find a caring adult trained in meeting homeless students’ needs. The state calls these adults “single points of contact”—SPOCs. Here’s some advice on how to replicate the model.
America's Promise #PromiseChat: The Power of #CaringAdults in the Lives of Young People

January 12, 2017

Join America’s Promise Alliance for an interactive Twitter chat on the power of #CaringAdults in the lives of young people.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

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.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise, GradNation Campaign