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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
May 20, 2014
“Don’t Call Them Dropouts.” the largest nationwide study of its kind to date, found students who leave high school without graduating do so not out of boredom or lack of motivation, but because they are overwhelmed by the effects of toxic living conditions on their daily lives, including homelessness, violent surroundings, abuse or neglect, catastrophic family health events, and the absence of caring adults who can help them stay in school.