Opinion

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

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.
Victoria Salzman

Victoria Salzman

Chief Strategic Development Officer, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children
In 2017, in partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) began an educational coordination pilot called LEADS (Learn, Educate, A
LIZ GLASER

Liz Glaser

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
The chatter of hundreds of high school students, teachers, mentors, and community volunteers fill the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, Mich. with a hum of excitement.
Krislyn Mossman
BEST Kids, Executive Director
BEST Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring for over 150 youth in foster care in the Washington DC Metro area. We match caring and consistent adult mentors with youth to provide them not only the guidance and support they need to grow up, but also to help them navigate challenges specific to growing up in foster care.
Nevasha Noble

Nevasha Noble

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Focusing solely on four-year graduation rates discounts students who may need just a bit longer to graduate and can further perpetuate the inequities that persist within and across school systems. 
LIZ GLASER

Liz Glaser

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
We view readiness as a set of academic and life skills young people develop over time that supports their growth and can help them succeed in school, in their post-grad career(s), and life.