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Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

In anticipation of America’s Promise Alliance’s fifth annual Promise Night, we’ll introduce you to each of the night’s honorees, who are all outstanding individuals helping to deliver the American dream to young people across the country.
“We actually don’t have the answers, the answers are in communities and in the people we are investing in.
Are you working to advance young people’s social, emotional, and cognitive development? Are you poised to extend those efforts through intentional crosssector collaboration? Is your organization trusted in the community to represent and honorits young people?
When I first started teaching, I could not have guessed that my understanding of human development, psychological responses to trauma and cultural nuance (I was a sociology and psychology major in college) would so strongly inform my approach to managing my classroom and connecting with my students. Without this baseline knowledge, I may have never discovered the true value of Trauma Informed Practices (TIP) in schools.
Join two School District of University leaders – Gary Spiller, executive director of the Office of Student Support and Innovative Services, and Nancy Cambria, director of communications – as they discuss the district’s use of social-emotional practices, prioritization of youth voice, and its emphasis on supporting the health and well-being of all children.
Last month, we publicly launched the YES Project with a panel at ASU + GSV that focused on the power of connection and how the business community, educators, policymakers, and philanthropists can help link youth to new opportunities.
Adelante Mujeres’ mission is to provide holistic education and empowerment opportunities to Latina women and their families. Part ofl this mission is to increase graduation rates of Latinos in her community.
The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
A recent situation involving a first-grade student in the University City School District prompted teachers and administrators to consider an unconventional approach. Rather than immediately focus on any instruction or behavior in the classroom, the district sought to provide the student and his family with basic needs – a trip to the doctor, food and toiletry items.
“I want to help the people in my community demonstrate that regardless of where we come from or the disadvantages we face, we are able to achieve our dreams if we just keep working hard,” he said.
In response to the passing of  President George H. W. Bush, John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance released the following statement: "President George H.W.
Tanya’s work with America’s Promise began in 2005 directing the planning and execution of professional development events designed to encourage greater focus and collaboration within communities to see that all young people receive the Five Promises.
One major challenge to achieving a higher baseline of student health across U.S. schools? According to advocates, it’s that federal and state policymakers respond to particular moments of public crisis by passing narrow and targeted measures rather than considering the whole child.
Teachers should go beyond making diversity days holidays filled with flags, food, and language and focus on global fluency—the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to live and work effectively and successfully in a globally connected world.
While the College Board might be best known for SAT and AP tests, their latest initiative doesn’t weigh scores for either.
All too often, hidden costs undermine the promise of free college. A new report from the Education Trust shows how such programs end up helping higher-income students while leaving many low-income students to fend for themselves.