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America’s Promise Bulletin – May 19, 2016
10 Facts About Low-Grad-Rate High Schools
Nationwide, 33 percent of all non-graduates in 2014 were enrolled in high schools with a graduation rate of 67 percent or less. Find out more about high schools where graduation is not the norm, along with recommendations for change.
Get the facts
The Power of High Expectations
Before working with Year Up Bay Area, Peter Ortiz slept on park benches. Today, he works full-time at PayPal. What exactly did Year Up do? Probably not what you’d expect.
Read Peter’s story
Hear from the Real Experts
What if young people were the ones advising lawmakers about education policy? And what if students brainstormed solutions to the problems in their schools? We don’t have to guess—it’s happening. And it’s pretty awesome.
See what students are doing
May is National Foster Care Month
Communities and organizations are hosting events, webinars, social media chats and more to increase awareness of the more than 415,000 youth in foster care and the need to support them.
Find out more
See Future Energy Engineers at Work
The Engineering Environmental Innovation program in Los Angeles trains low-income high school students for careers in energy engineering and sustainability.
What gets the students engaged?
These grants and funding opportunities are accepting applicants. The opportunities are not offered through America’s Promise Alliance, but each refers to one or more of our Five Promises. If you have questions, please follow the links provided in each item.
See the full list of funding opportunities
Mark Your Calendars
- Deadline to Apply for America’s Promise Alliance Youth Leadership Opportunties – June 3
- National Impact Week – Communities In Schools – May 16-May 20
- Webinar: School Districts Can Take Action to Support All Students with Data –May 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (ET)
- Webinar: Scaling Effective Practices for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care– May 23, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (ET)
GradNation Community Summits are happening in 100 communities nationwide! Leaders from businesses, civic organizations, nonprofits, local government, public schools, higher education, foundations and faith-based organizations are joining with parents and young people to develop a blueprint to accelerate progress. Learn more.
Upcoming GradNation Community Summits
- Schenectady, New York – May 25
Find a summit in your community
ICYMI: Recent Blogs and News
- Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali Receives Promise of America Award
- A Diploma, a Degree, and a Job Offer from IBM: One P-TECH Student’s Experience – Janiel Richards
- First Lady Michelle Obama’s Keys to College Success College Signing Day 2016 – Tonya Williams
- Transformed by Learning and ‘Leaving Breadcrumbs’ for Others to Follow – Pearson
- Two Pieces of Advice Michelle Obama Gave Me About Going to College – Keren Agurcia
- Online School Enriches Affliated Companies if Not Its Students – The New York Times
- Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds – Education Week
- The Problem with Teaching ‘Grit’ to Poor Kids? They Already Have it. Here’s What They Really Need – The Washington Post
- High Schools Try to Make Better Use of Something Often Wasted: Senior Year – Hechinger Report
- What Young Men of Color Can Teach Us About the Achievement Gap – NPR
- Not Good Enough on Graduation – U.S. News & World Report
- Graduation Rates are Better, But We’re Not There Yet – Education Week
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