Youth Leadership at America's Promise

2018 Youth Leadership Convening


America’s Promise Alliance is looking for two great young leaders for highly visible roles in the leadership of our organization. We are currently seeking two young people between the ages of 16-22 to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors and with our Alliance Trustees. Each will attend annual meetings in Washington, act as a full voting member of the leadership body, and play a valuable role in shaping our strategic direction. Those selected will serve through spring 2020. Encourage young people you know to apply (application below)!

Below you will find the leadership bodies we are currently looking for youth leaders to join this fall. Be sure to read eligibility rules and requirements for each. Applicants may apply for one or both of the positions on the same form.

  • Our Board of Directors represents leaders from all sectors of America and provide leadership and oversight for the management of the organization.
  • Our Alliance Trustees help shape the Alliance’s priorities and initiatives. They serve in an advisory capacity to our Board of Directors

>> Meet our current youth leaders


Malcolm Davis, youth board member from 2016 to 2018, asking a question at 2018 America's Promise Alliance Leadership Convening.Serving as a part of the leadership at America’s Promise is an exciting opportunity but is also a real responsibility. Before applying, please review the following list and make sure you are able to meet the requirements and expectations. All applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 16-22 on October 1st, 2018.
  • Attend up to three meetings a year in Washington, DC without a chaperone. The Alliance will cover all required travel costs for individuals chosen as members.  
  • Available to serve as an America’s Promise Youth Leader through spring 2020.
  • Be willing to share their story as a young American in the 21st century with the leadership body and potentially to a larger America’s Promise audience.

Prior experience with an Alliance partner or other America’s Promise Alliance strategy is preferred (GradNation Community Summits, GradNation Communities, Alliance Partners)

Application Guidelines

  1. Applications (below) should be submitted through the online forms provided by America’s Promise Alliance (below). Prior permission is required for applications submitted on paper or by other means.
  2. VIDEO: Applicants may answer the narrative questions through video if they prefer; applicants should still answer the questions about contact information on the application.
  3. Applications are currently open only to US Citizens and those young people currently residing in the United States. All submissions should be in English. If an applicant is unable to complete the application in English, please contact the Alliance for assistance.
  4. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  5. All decisions are the sole discretion of America’s Promise Alliance.

Narrative Questions on Application

Since you will be unable to save application, we recommend answering questions in a word processor and pasting your responses into the appropriate fields of the application or recording your video. Applicants must answer all five narrative questions (for narrative questions with multiple options, applicants should pick one question to answer).

Narrative Question #1

Why are you passionate about America's Promise Alliance's mission and the Five Promises? What do you hope to gain if selected for this leadership opportunity?

Narrative Question #2

Please respond to one of the following:
A. High school graduation is an important milestone for many young people. Still, not all young people are graduating high school with their peers. What are your insights as to why students leave school before they graduate? What do you believe might help students get to high school graduation?
B. For many young people following high school, they are deciding between college or career. What can be done to support young people in making this decision? How are you navigating these pathways for yourself?
C. Every young person deserves a foundation of health to grow and thrive. Yet good health is out of reach for many young people. Discuss why this important and how schools and communities can help young people live healthier, happier lives.

Narrative Question #3

Please respond to one of the following:
A. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so
meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
B. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
C. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

Narrative Question #4

What strengths and assets would you bring to the leadership role? How would you add value to the conversation? How would you bring back your learning and connections to your community while you serve this role?

Narrative Question #5

Describe one specific situation where you had to work on a project or task with a variety of people including adults, peers, and others. How did you define success? How did you handle issues in the group? What lessons did you learn?

Eboni-Rose Thompson
America’s Promise Alliance
1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 900
Washington D.C. 20005
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