The Role of National Service in Closing the Graduation Gap
Thursday, September 4, 2014
America’s Promise Alliance, in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps on Sept. 12, today released The Role of National Service in Closing the Graduation Gap. The paper illustrates proven techniques that are making a difference by bridging the gaps between caring adults within each community, and success in the classroom and life.
With a GradNation goal to achieve a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, great progress has been made to reach the 80 percent mark, but for the one in five students still not graduating on time, more hard work is required. That is why America’s Promise is pleased and proud to present this paper that examines the positive impact that national service is making on the lives of young people.
AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that is meeting critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Its programs, which are supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, are providing low-cost, high-impact solutions that are bridging gaps that would otherwise not be met.
National service programs that span a young person’s life are highlighted in the following eight areas covered in the report:
Ensuring young children are ready for kindergarten;
Boosting early reading success;
Supporting regular attendance, good behavior and strong course performance (the ABCs);
Providing social and emotional support;
Extending learning beyond the school walls and the school day;
Fostering college and career aspirations;
Creating a new pipeline of effective, diverse educators and advocates for high-need schools; and
Reconnecting young people who have not graduated back to education and employment pathways.
In addition to having gathered promising practices, this paper offers recommendations to leverage and continue effective programs that work. Never before have these practices been looked at in one comprehensive piece. Please read and share this resource with your networks.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.:
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.
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.