Opinion

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

Max London

Max London

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
Last year, my school was ranked no. 1 in the state. That same week, two of my classmates were punished for circulating an image in which they wore blackface and used hate-filled language toward the Black community. This wasn’t an isolated incident. My school’s lack of diversity is impossible to ignore — 3.5% of the student body is Black.
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America’s Promise Staff

America’s Promise
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation’s employment landscape, and young people are at particular risk.
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Mark Toner

Writer, America's Promise Alliance
Ironically, one of the efforts to help connect young people to each other in South Carolina during this time of social distancing began because they were doing just the opposite. After noticing that
Ifeoma Eleazu

Ifeoma Eleazu

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
My summer job, which I’d hoped would cover my housing, was cancelled, leaving me unemployed and practically homeless. Despite these hard times, I’m extremely grateful and appreciative for all the support that America’s Promise has offered me.
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Nathaniel Cole & Omofehintola Akinrinade

YES Project
Before economic uncertainty gripped the nation, young people already faced a jobs crisis. The unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds stood at more than double the national average. Summer jobs, onc
America's Promise Alliance

America's Promise Alliance

In ordinary times, we work to connect young people with the caring adults outside their homes who are central to their healthy development—educators, coaches, mentors, counselors, afterschool professi
Nico Connolly

Nico Connolly

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Last week, America’s Promise Alliance brought together an impressive gathering of leaders from national youth-serving organizations, community organizations, philanthropy, schools, districts, and stat
Stella Lorraine McKinley

Stella Lorraine McKinley

Youth Voice Writer
Being looked over or outright ignored when you know that you have the credentials and a commitment to a company isn’t the best feeling in the world. It’s really degrading to be judged, rejected or not even acknowledged because of your sexual identity.
Erin Eustace

Erin Eustace

Crew Leader Ancestral Lands Hopi Farm
For over two years, I have reached out to individuals from all walks of life from the reservation. One thing I experienced growing up on the Hopi Reservation, and now have seen firsthand in my work, is that being a younger member of the community comes with its challenges.
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America’s Promise Staff

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Last year, America’s Promise Alliance launched the Power of Youth Challenge to encourage and inspire youth-led service projects around the country.
Alex B. Johnson

Alex B. Johnson

President & CEO Capital Workforce Partners
The experiences of organizations working with Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) exemplify how a focus on youth employment has a lasting, positive impact on the lives of young people, as evidenced in th
Dywaine Betts

Dywaine Betts

Senior Associate - Youth Employment Thrive Chicago
A youth’s biggest transition into adulthood, is shifting from high school into the oftentimes scary, “Real World.” From college to studying a trade to entering public service or the military to landin