Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Names 2017 Promise of America Awards

Celebrates 20th anniversary with Promise Night Gala, recognizing extraordinary individuals who have passionately advocated on behalf of young people

Singer/songwriter Andra Day and jazz saxophonist Kenny G to perform

New York (March 27, 2017)  – America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will honor five extraordinary leaders with the Promise of America Award, its highest honor, at its annual Promise Night Gala in New York City on April 18. The gala will follow Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future, a daylong convening of business, philanthropy, nonprofit, government, education and faith leaders in NYC focused on a national push to refocus the nation on the needs of young people. 

Promise Night honorees exemplify how leaders from business, entertainment, government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector each have a role in improving the lives of America’s youth.

“There is no better investment of time and money than that which we make in children,” said Alma J. Powell, chair, America’s Promise. “We thank our Promise of America honorees for their extraordinary work on behalf of children and youth and ask others to join us as we recommit ourselves and our work to helping all children reach their American dream.”

“Each honoree represents the best in his or her field, and each makes time to better the lives of children,” said America’s Promise President & CEO  John Gomperts. “America’s Promise is proud to stand with such a committed group. Their work and advocacy on behalf of young people is exactly what we need to help more young people stay on a path to adult success.”

This year’s Promise of America honorees include:

The Promise of America Awards honor champions who have answered the call of every American president for the past 40 years to fulfill the Five Promises for children and youth: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve.

Andra Day, along with the Boys & Girls Harbor Choir, and Kenny G will perform during the evening event. 

Last year's Promise of America Award recipients included Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation; Dr. Angela Diaz, director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. 

America’s Promise will present additional awards on April 18th, including the People of Promise, Promise Heroes and the Powell Legacy Awards, which recognize young adult leaders, community leaders and organizations creating change for young people, respectively.

To learn more about the 20th anniversary events, please visit

Media Credentials

Members of the media who wish to attend the Promise Night Gala and/or the Recommit To Kids Summit are encouraged to register in advance. If you would like to speak with someone from America’s Promise ahead of the 20th anniversary, please contact Rae Robinson Trotman or Dominic Hawkins.

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About America’s Promise Alliance

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Together with more than 400 national organizations and thousands of community leaders, America’s Promise focuses the nation’s attention on young people’s lives and voices, leads bold campaigns to expand opportunity, conducts groundbreaking research on what young people need to thrive, and accelerates the adoption of strategies that help young people succeed. GradNation, its signature campaign, mobilizes Americans to increase the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. For more information visit