Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

YMCA's Teen Wellness Leaders Contest rewards teens who play an important role in their families, peer groups and community by helping them develop healthy habits. Each Teen Wellness Leader will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 donation to a local YMCA.
The National 4-H Council has again partnered with Southern States Cooperative retail stores to implement the 4-H Paper Clover campaign for 2008. The campaign, running through October 19, is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion which allows consumers to purchase a paper clover at the register for $1.
The Empire State Building was a beacon of yellow light as it once again heralded the Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool campaign. On October 16, 2008, one million Americans participated in the more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the country. Small towns and big cities rallied to show their support for afterschool programs, commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the support provided to afterschool initiatives.
America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell travelled to New Jersey this week to give the keynote address at the New Jersey Dropout Prevention Symposium. The symposium, held at Rutgers University-Newark, served as the official launch of the New Jersey High School Graduation Campaign, a year-long effort to combat the state’s high school dropout rate. Mrs. Powell was joined by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and more than 500 partners representing schools, businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations across New Jersey.
A new Alliance for Excellent Education report,  Dropouts, Diplomas, and Dollars: U.S. High Schools and the Nation’s Economy, highlights the ways in which increasing numbers of high school dropouts translate not only into lost human potential, net worth, and tax revenue, but also a weakened democracy and a compromised ability to remain a leader among nations.
National Character Counts! Week takes place October 19-25. The campaign aims to focus attention on the benefits of good character and character education.
Hundreds of child advocates will visit Washington, D.C. this weekend for the 19th annual Share Our Strength Conference of Leaders to learn about different opportunities available to help children receive the nutritional resources essential for healthy development.
Sister Theresa Mary Sumner is the 2008 recipient of the Bishop Sullivan Award, given by Catholic Charities' Children, Youth, and Family Services Section to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in service to children and families.
A recent study, supported by America's Promise Alliance partner Annie E. Casey Foundation, outlines research detailing the consequences associated with chronic absenteeism in grades K-3. The resulting report highlights possible contributing factors and provides a framework for action.
A new Girl Scouts study presents findings that disclose how girls and boys define leadership; their experiences, aspirations and fears with respect to leadership; and, predictors of leadership aspiration.
In celebration of the National Learn & Serve Challenge, this week, students across the country have been serving meals, cleaning up the environment, tutoring their peers, and raising money for cancer research. Each student is demonstrating how he or she can make a difference through service-learning during the week, held October 6-12.
Using data from the Big Brothers Big Sisters high school Bigs program, a new study addresses the capacity and effectiveness of high school students as role models for young people.
During National School Lunch Week (October 13-17, 2008), the nation renews its commitment to the health of its children, working to ensure they develop good eating habits and receive nutritious meals.
A new Child Trends report finds that there are many opportunities for high schools to widen the road to success by focusing on the competencies necessary for the development of the whole young person.
Students seeking an interactive experience during the college search process have free online options from the U.S. Department of Education’s and, an offering from the National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA).
Each October FedEx employees and Safe Kids Worldwide coalitions team up to teach children safe pedestrian behaviors through fun and engaging safety activities. On Wednesday, October 8, 2008 more than 150 Safe Kids coalitions across the country will host more than 500 local events at elementary schools.