America's Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Their work is powered by their belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.
They are the nation’s largest partnership of their kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people.
America’s Promise Alliance was born from The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia in April 1997. That extraordinary event brought together thousands of leaders from across the country to refocus the nation’s attention on the needs of children and youth. Attended by Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan), and chaired by Ret. General Colin Powell, that gathering challenged America to make children and youth a top national priority.
Together, they signed a Summit Declaration that serves as the guiding force for the movement they started and for America’s Promise Alliance. In July 2001, President George W. Bush added his signature. President Barack Obama signed the declaration in September 2014.
The collective work of their Alliance focuses on the five promises they must make and keep to young people to set them up for adult success. These promises, which emerged from the 1997 Presidents’ Summit, serve as America’s Promise Alliance’s north star and the organizing framework for the effort of hundreds of communities across the country.
Every young person needs...
CARING ADULTS — parents and family members, teachers, mentors, coaches and others who believe in, challenge and nurture young people.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE — to share time and talents with others, build character and competence, and contribute to the civic life of their community.
A HEALTHY START — the right nutrition, exercise and medical care starting with children's first years so they can thrive in school and in life.
SAFE PLACES — spaces at home, in school, in the community and online where youth feel safe and have opportunities to learn, explore and grow.
EFFECTIVE EDUCATION — to develop knowledge and real-world skills so they can fully participate in the economy and democracy.