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How to Keep Young People at the Center

October 11, 2018

Finding ways to better help young people succeed in life is a constant pursuit for communities, practitioners, and policymakers, and one that requires us all to take what we at the Center for Promise call a youth systems approach.

Type: Opinion

promises: A Healthy Start

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

Reducing Suspensions Is Not Enough

October 03, 2018

[Some] students report they are still being removed from their classes, even if those removals are no longer being called suspensions. By simply eliminating suspension without providing anything in its place, students aren’t given access to any additional support or resources, and teachers lose autonomy and control over their own classrooms.

Type: Opinion

promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

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?
ESL, ELL, or FLNE? How to Describe Students Whose First Language Isn’t English.

September 27, 2017

ESL. Non-native English speaker. Limited English proficient.   These may be some of the terms that come to mind when you’re trying to describe students whose first language isn’t English. But over time, as officials have recognized that some of these labels can perpetuate negative or inaccurate narratives, the terminology has changed and evolved.   Today, you might hear the U.S. Department of Education talk about English language learners (ELL) or just English learners (EL).
Youth Voice: Students Should be Able to Use “Sick Days” for Mental Health Too

August 02, 2017

Adults aren’t the only ones struggling with mental illnesses, and as the research below shows, young people may even have more to lose. But allowing students to use “sick days” (or excused absences) for their mental health could go a long way in creating a culture of health in the classroom that can help them stay on track to graduating.
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.
Five Programs that Build Relationships

June 14, 2017

Whether it's a parent, mentor, guidance counselor, coach, or neighbor, a caring adult can serve as the primary line of defense against adversity in the lives of young people. This is why creating relationships and webs of support for youth is one of the three main focus areas in Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America.
The Power of Belonging

May 10, 2017

I recently joined former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas at the America’s Promise Alliance Summit for America’s Future for a discussion about the importance of young people feeling a sense of belonging.
The Role Relationships Play in Preparing Young People for the Workforce

March 06, 2017

A mentor, a teacher, an advisor, a friend; a web of relationships to support you. New research says that webs of relationships provide unique support necessary to foster the success of the 5.6 million opportunity youth in the United States, 16-24 year-olds not working and not in school. 
Youth Voice: The Meaning of Wellness Has Changed. The Community Needs to do the Same.

February 09, 2017

What are the biggest barriers to wellness young people face? The findings of a new five-city Center for Promise study of young people—by young people—might surprise you. Here’s one Philadelphia youth researcher’s perspective.