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Our National and Moral Responsibility to Young People

April 18, 2018

Adults often complain that kids today don't respect their elders. But what happens when it's the other way around? What if young people are the ones who are not getting the respect and dignity they need to be successful in school and life?
Youth Voice: We Must Never Give Up

July 11, 2017

Whether it’s learning English or challenging the negative stereotypes of being an immigrant, one young man demonstrates the importance of persistence, courage, and hope in hard times in this moving personal narrative.
Youth in Poverty Six Times More Likely to Experience Detrimental Levels of Adversity Than Higher-Income Peers

March 28, 2017

More than one-quarter of children living in poverty (28 percent) experience three or more reported adversities in their adolescence, a rate nearly six times that of their middle and upper class peers, according to a new report by the Center for Promise, the applied research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
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.
What Wellness Doesn’t Look Like: The Optics and Impact of Violence on Young People’s Health

January 09, 2017

As a child, I knew certain streets were dangerous, that police could not be trusted, and that stepping on someone’s shoes on the bus could get you killed. Community violence was normal to me, but not to my peers at school.
Report: Student Homelessness Grows Dramatically—But Support Doesn’t

June 16, 2016

The number of homeless students in the United States has grown dramatically, and the majority of them aren’t getting the support they need to graduate high school, a new report found. Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools examines student homelessness through interviews and students with more than 200 young people who are or have been homeless.
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.
When Adults Don’t Quit On Youth, Youth Won’t Quit On Themselves

September 18, 2015

America’s Promise Alliance published a new study this fall, Don't Quit On Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships, and invited young people to share their stories about the power of relationships. Ola’s is the first post in a series by young people about the ways adults and peers can help more young people graduate from high school.
Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education

December 11, 2014

Stemming from the Don’t Call Them Dropouts report, based on careful listening to young people who didn’t graduate in four years, America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education today. The paper explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school.
Don't call them dropouts. But what do we call them?

June 11, 2014

According to the recent 2014 Building a GradNation report from America's Promise, the United States has reached an 80 percent high school graduation rate for the first time in history. Truly an accomplishment we need to celebrate!