Initiatives

Find graduation rate data and opportunities for action in your state

Introduction

The GradNation Campaign’s initiatives are anchored in the belief that change happens at the state and local level. Through strategic investments, the Campaign supports community and statewide efforts to accelerate improvement in the graduation rate. From these sites, we intentionally elevate practices and partnerships in a way that authentically reflects school-level experiences and realities. In doing so, we seek to inform the efforts of national organizations working on the policy, practices, and systems to improve outcomes for youth.

ACCELERATION INITIATIVE

ACCELERATION INITIATIVE

The GradNation Acceleration Initiative was borne out of a careful analysis of 2014 graduation rate data and state conditions to improve graduation rates. The analysis allowed the campaign to pinpoint where the greatest need for improvement is in the country and where additional investment in systems-level strategies would surface promising practices. The intended outcomes for this initiative include an increased graduation rate, shared learning for adoption and replication in other states and communities, and strengthened local capacity to improve outcomes for young people based on their needs and strengths. 

America’s Promise is working with two states and three communities over two years – to accelerate their progress to a 90 percent graduation rate. Answering the call to act on the needs of youth in their communities, these non-profit and government partnerships with school districts represent some of the best thinking in the nation when it comes to improving graduation rates.

The GradNation Acceleration Initiative is made possible by the generous support of AT&T. 

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STATE ACTIVATION INITIATIVE

STATE ACTIVATION INITIATIVE

In partnership with Pearson, America’s Promise created the State Activation Initiative to bring focused investment to targeted state-level efforts to improve the graduation rate. Viewing state organizations as a powerful engine to change conditions for young people, the GradNation State Activation Initiative leverages statewide change by encouraging statewide innovation and collaboration, sharing knowledge to accelerate adoption of proven strategies, and developing successful models all states can replicate.

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COMMUNITY SUMMITS

COMMUNITY SUMMITS

Having set a national goal for the graduation rate, Community Summits from 2013 to 2017 provided community-level support to convene critical stakeholders to surface the needs of young people on their path to graduation. With generous support from AT&T, America’s Promise held 100 GradNation Community Summits in partnership with hundreds of local partners from the non-profit, governmental, and business sectors. The summits fueled collaborative, community-based convenings to bring much needed attention to the experiences and conditions surrounding youth, in addition to focusing energies to provide an array of holistic supports that young people need to succeed. More than 24,500 people participated in the summits, including over 4,000 young people. 

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