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

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Lester Strong

CEO AARP Experience Corps
When kids are absent from school for a day, they miss valuable time and lessons in the classroom. When they come back, they have to catch up.
Evelyne Santiago

Evelyne Santiago

AmeriCorps member City Year in Los Angeles, CA
I met Brenda my first week as a Corps member with City Year Los Angeles.  My job was to focus on improving Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance. As tutors, mentors and role models, City Year AmeriCorps members provide capacity that helps schools meet students’ individual needs.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.