A third of the nation’s high school students do not graduate with their classmates, putting them at a disadvantage in the labor market. Recognizing this crisis, America’s Promise Alliance officially launched the Dropout Prevention Campaign on April 1, 2008. The goals of the Dropout Prevention Summits are to raise awareness of the high school dropout crisis and to bring together partners from multiple sectors, including education, state and local government, and business, to address the issue.
In total, the Alliance will sponsor 103 summits: one in each of the 50 states and 53 additional summits in local communities.
As of October 22, 2009, the Alliance had sponsored 69 Dropout Prevention Summits. These events include 38 state-level and 31 local community-based summits that have attracted over 24,000 attendees and have engaged over 1,400 organizations in summit planning and subsequent community action plan development.
But the work is not over. The Alliance is getting off to a running start in 2010 with eight summits scheduled to take place in January.
View full list of summits, both completed and upcoming .