Washington, D.C. – America’s Promise Alliance
, the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of young people, is pleased to announce that local NBC4 anchor Barbara Harrison
will host its “Promise Night” gala on April 15th. The event, to be held at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., will recognize the efforts of five individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of America’s youth.
As America’s Promise approaches its 20th anniversary in 2017, “Promise Night” will echo its legacy – the belief that every child should have the opportunity and support to pursue his or her American Dream.
“Barbara has been a champion of children’s health issues for most of her career. We applaud her efforts and contributions to local young people and look forward to sharing the stage with her as she hosts our Promise Night gala,” said America’s Promise board chair Alma J. Powell
and President & CEO John Gomperts
in a joint statement.
A long-time TV journalist, Ms. Harrison is a morning anchor for NBC4 Washington, D.C. where she has covered child health issues for years. She also created the weekly segment "Wednesday's Child,"
which features children available for adoption. An interest in child health led to her central role in a major station community outreach campaign, "Beautiful Babies Right From the Start." Ms. Harrison made a television journal of her own pregnancy to motivate women to seek early prenatal care. Her goal was to help decrease the extremely high infant mortality rate in Washington, D.C. The project received local and national awards, including a special commendation from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The “Promise of America” Awards honor champions who have answered the call of every American president for the last forty years to fulfill the “Five Promises” for children and youth in their communities and in our nation: Caring Adults, Safe Places, a Healthy Start, an Effective Education, and Opportunities to Give Back. The award is the highest honor conferred by America’s Promise Alliance.
The 2015 award recipients include Senator Lamar Alexander, AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall L. Stephenson, BridgeEDU founder Wes Moore and AnBryce Foundation founders Beatrice & Anthony Welters.
Founded in 1997 at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to fulfilling the presidential declaration signed on that day calling upon the nation to keep five crucial promises to every young person in America: the presence of caring adults in their lives; safe surroundings to live, learn and grow; healthy starts and healthy childhoods; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to serve others. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit AmericasPromise.org