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    The YES Project

    In America today, there are 1.5 million young people who are unable to secure a job. That's 1.5 million youth missing opportunities to cultivate skills that will serve them all their lives. Find out how you can #PledgeYES and help us achieve full employment for young people by 2030.

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    More Than a Village

    Building relationships with young people is key to establishing trust and cultivating a deeper understanding of what youth need. Learn why from the newly released report from the Center of Promise.

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    I'm Going Back: The Re-Engagement Experiences of Tucson Youth

    New research from Center for Promise examines the supports and barriers to high-school re-engagement.

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    The Power of Youth Challenge

    The Power of Youth Challenge invites you to bring positive change to your community by leading a local service project. You can make a difference and build leadership skills you can use now and in the future.

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    The Every School Healthy Campaign

    The Every School Healthy Campaign is Fueling a Movement to Create Healthy Schools Across the Country.

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    Disciplined and Disconnected

    How can we eliminate Exclusionary Discipline practices? We asked young people. Here’s what they had to say.

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  • Promise No.1

    Caring Adults

    Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.

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  • Promise No.2

    Safe Places

    To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.

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  • Promise No.3

    A Healthy Start

    Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.

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  • Promise No.4

    Effective Education

    Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.

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  • Promise No.5

    Opportunities to Help Others

    Through service to others, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances.

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Be Part of the Solution

Fulfilling the Five Promises to youth is America's responsibility, and we need you to join the effort. Young Americans need everyone - starting with you - to help them achieve their full potential.


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The GradNation campaign provides those working to increase high school graduation rates with data, best practices and opportunities to connect & learn from one another.

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“All Means All” When It Comes to High School Graduation: Measuring Extended-Year Graduation Rates

Focusing solely on four-year graduation rates discounts students who may need just a bit longer to graduate and can further perpetuate the inequities that persist within and across school systems. 

New Report Reveals Crucial Role Positive Relationships Play in Re-Engaging Young People Who Leave School

‘More Than a Village’ and Predecessor Report, ‘I’m Going Back,’ Call for Enhanced Collaboration, Education Alternatives, and Workforce Development Opportunities to Re-Engage Young People in School

America’s Promise Alliance Launches Major National Youth Employment Initiative Aimed at Achieving Full Employment for Young People by 2030

The ‘YES Project’ Brings Together Employers, Stakeholders, and Advocates to #PledgeYES by Committing to Connect Youth with Employment Opportunities as Part of Effort to Grow Robust Youth Workforce, Ensure Young People are ‘Ready, Connected,…

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