Opinion

Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth

America’s Promise

America’s Promise Staff

America’s Promise
Last year, America’s Promise Alliance launched the Power of Youth Challenge to encourage and inspire youth-led service projects around the country.
Alex B. Johnson

Alex B. Johnson

President & CEO Capital Workforce Partners
The experiences of organizations working with Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) exemplify how a focus on youth employment has a lasting, positive impact on the lives of young people, as evidenced in th
Dywaine Betts

Dywaine Betts

Senior Associate - Youth Employment Thrive Chicago
A youth’s biggest transition into adulthood, is shifting from high school into the oftentimes scary, “Real World.” From college to studying a trade to entering public service or the military to landin
Dr. Rhonda Haniford

Dr. Rhonda Haniford

Asst. Superintendent Greeley-Evans School District 6
America’s Promise leads the GradNation Acceleration Initiative, which includes work in three communities and two statewide programs to improve graduation rates for students from varying backgrounds, i
Marshall M.

Marshall Masayesva

Coordinator, Ancestral Lands Hopi Program
Growing up on the Hopi Reservation, I saw firsthand how few opportunities exist for young people and how difficult it can be to find meaningful employment on the reservation... Now I serve as the Coordinator for the Ancestral Lands Hopi program, I work to understand how to provide that same support for those young people and families who choose to work with me.
Monika Kincheloe

Monika Kincheloe

Senior Director, GradNation Campaign
Rewind a decade. America’s graduation rate lingered under 75 percent and there was a clear sense that something needed to change. That’s when the GradNation campaign was born to unify and mobilize the nation to respond to the “dropout epidemic.”
Joshua Dantzler

Joshua Dantzler

Joshua Dantzler is a rising junior in the School of Public Affairs at American University pursuing a degree in political science and a minor in communication studies.
Aric Hamilton

Aric Hamilton

The State of Young People reinforced an important lesson for me:  when working on challenging issues, we must stick to the value of servant leadership.
Alejandro Gac-Artigas
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Springboard Collaborative
Parents’ love for their children is the single greatest—and most underutilized—natural resource in education.
Sanah Jivani

Sanah Jivani

In early June, more than 200 young people met in Menlo Park, California for a first-of-its-kind summit to send a strong message to national nonprofit and corporate leaders: We need you to hear us, and
LIZ GLASER

Liz Glaser

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Improving graduation rates for young people most at risk of not graduating is not purely about coursework, credits, and grades.
Dennis Vega, Chief Operating Officer, America's Promise Alliance
Chief Operating Officer, America's Promise Alliance
The heartbreaking photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his not-even-two-year old daughter, Valeria, made me want to simultaneously scream, envelop my own two young sons in a hug, and do something—anything—to help. Almost a year ago to the day, America’s Promise Alliance released a statement on the forced separation of children at the U.S. border. This image shows the appalling lack of progress we’ve made in a year.