Opinion

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

Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane

VP, Policy & Strategic Partnerships The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
In the recently released Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America, two statistics are cited side by side: “High school graduation is at an all-time high, and t
Tricia Raikes
Co-Founder of the Raikes Foundation
I recently joined former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas at the America’s Promise Alliance Summit for America’s Future for a discussion about the importance of young people feeling a sense of belonging.
Nevasha Noble

Nevasha Noble

Associate, Alliance Engagement America's Promise Alliance
This article is part of the “What’s Working” series, which highlights promising practices for helping to close the graduation gap in communities and states across the country.
Kenali Battle

Kenali Battle

Business Communications Instructor Year Up National Capital Region
“Be who you needed when you were younger.” This is the quote that I recite daily on my way to work. When people ask what I do for a living, most write it off as just teaching business communications. But Year Up teaches all of the things that I didn’t learn in high school or college: teamwork, life skills, confidence, and surviving in the professional world.
Jose Antonio

Jose Antonio Tijerino

President and CEO Hispanic Heritage Foundation
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth. My uncle was
Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher

President and CEO United Way Worldwide
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Tracy Hoover

Tracy Hoover

CEO Points of Light
This blog is part of the #Recommit2Kids campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of America’s Promise Alliance and calling the nation to recommit to action on behalf of children and youth.
Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi

Founder of Project ASCEND
To mark Women’s History Month, writer and activist Ola Ojewumi examines how African-American women have historically helped drive social change—and how they can help African-American girls overcome the challenges they face in America’s public educations system today.
Rasheed Newson

Rasheed Newson

Screen Writer
For young people passionate about changing laws and changing the world, the most radical thing you can do may be to speak up and live out the one issue on which you insist on staying silent.
2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

2020 Graduation Youth Task Force

We are members of the 90% by 2020 Anchorage Graduation Youth Task Force, (working toward a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020) and work in partnership with United Way and Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.
Shirley Toy

Shirley Toy

Junior University of Illinois at Chicago
I was walking down the halls of my high school on a typical school day when Mrs. Maxwell, the career teacher, made a quick announcement about the workforce development program Genesys Works over the intercom.
Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson

Co-founded GoodThink
What happens when you empower young people to change the world? Amy Blankson has spent the last 20 years of her life answering that question. Here is her story—and her advice.