Opinion

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

5 Promises

Bethiel Girma Holton

National Director of Student Engagement City Year
Last year City Year AmeriCorps member Rebecca Leclerc worked with a fifth grader named Joseph* at the Trotter Innovation School in Boston.
5 Promises

Michael Minks

Director of Communications & Development YSA(Youth Service America)
The first few weeks of a new school year can be both exciting and challenging.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Here’s what we all know – young people need all kinds of support to grow up, to succeed in school, to thrive in life.  It is true for our kids, and it is true for all kids.
David Park

David Park

“Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will find common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere.” The words are powerful and important.

Hon. Alvin Brown

A young man from Jacksonville, Griffin Furlong, recently made national headlines after he was named valedictorian of his graduating class at First Coast High School.
Suneil Kamath

Suneil Kamath

Youth Advisory Board State Farm
I first met Maridee, a 56 year old cafeteria worker at a local hospital, a year ago. Every week, after working a 12 hour shift, she would attend a tutoring session with me.
Ed Rust

Ed Rust

I have always been intrigued by how word choice and language can impact an outcome.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
As I mentioned on Monday, it’s AmeriCorps Promise Fellows Week. Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking with Sen. Harris Wofford about the founding of the Promise Fellows. In this video he talks about the importance of service and the Fifth Promise -- the Opportunity to Help Others. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Harris Wofford has been a boss, friend and mentor for more than two decades now.
Jonathan Zaff Executive Director
Executive Director  Center for Promise
Six weeks have passed since America’s Promise Alliance releasedDon’t Call Them Dropouts.
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
Alma Powell has said that education is the Civil Rights issue of our time. Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Reba Dominski

Reba Dominski

senior director of education Target Community Relations
My husband once shared a powerful quote with me …“It’s impossible not to love a person if you know their story.” Stories are powerful. Stories can inspire. Stories can teach and they can heal. That is why I was so intrigued when our partners at America’s Promise Alliance first shared the vision behind Don’t Call Them Dropouts.