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Every Child, Every Promise: Turning Failure Into Action, is a comprehensive study by the America’s Promise Alliance. It measured the presence of the essential resources – the Five Promises – and their correlation with success in both youth and adulthood. The report shows how we can turn failure into action and improve the lives of young people at risk.
With one in four U.S. public school students dropping out of high school before graduation, America continues to face a dropout epidemic. Dropping out makes it harder for these young people to succeed in life, our economy loses hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity and our communities suffer enormous social costs. The 2012 report update of Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, shows that the nation continues to make progress, with more than half of states increasing graduation rates.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Their mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) team of researchers focuses on three components of children’s learning and development: complementary learning, family involvement in education, and out-of-school time.
Kids Count is a national and state-by-state project of the Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. At the national level, the principal activity of the initiative is the publication of the annual Kids Count Data Book, which uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children state by state. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions of ways to secure better futures for all children.
Volunteering in America conducts research to see how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering. This document highlights some of the key findings from that data and provides access to volunteering trends, statistics, tools, resources, and other information. In addition, the Volunteering in America website contains links to a number of other useful resources — including research reports, proven strategies, and effective practices — that are designed to help local nonprofit leaders target their recruiting efforts more effectively, match local programs with available volunteer resources, fill service gaps, and do a better job of retaining their volunteers.
See the latest youth development research from the Youth Work Institute. Learn how to use it in your daily practice. The Youth Work Institute supports the education, training, and professional development of adults who work with and on behalf of young people. Discover how to achieve the best youth outcomes.
We know that half of the 500,000 kids who drop out of school every year come from just 12 percent of the nation’s high schools or 1,700 “dropout factories.” A comprehensive study from Johns Hopkins University found that students who are most at risk of dropping out of school can be identified as early as middle school through key indicators – poor attendance, unsatisfactory behavior and course failure in math and English. When one of these off-track indicators is exhibited by a child as early as the 6th grade, students have a 10%-20% likelihood of graduating from high school.
The Alliance’s AmeriCorps Promise Fellows implement a Multi-Tiered Model based on Balfanz’s research.
The Corporation for National and Community Service acts as a catalyst by providing strategic critical support to volunteer organizations that, in turn, deliver much-needed services to communities throughout the country
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life.
Search Institute is a leader in the positive youth development field, and draws on 50 years of experience to provide research-based advice to parents, schools, organizations, and communities on how to raise healthy, caring, responsible kids. The 40 Developmental Assets framework, the single most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States, was developed by this organization.
The Serve America Act is landmark legislation that charges the Corporation for National and Community Service and partners to dramatically expand opportunities for Americans to serve, to focus on critical national issues, to be a catalyst for social innovation, and to support the nonprofit sector. The law both expands on existing programs and creates new initiatives to increase service opportunities and strengthen our civic infrastructure.
The Forum is proud to be managing this collaborative effort for and by the child and youth field to mobilize a large, well-informed constituency to spark action for change. SparkAction’s content and state-of-the-art functionality are receiving rave reviews; SparkAction is involving hundreds of collaborating organizations (special recognition to the National Collaboration for Youth and the Campaign for Youth for fueling our Action Center; ChildAdvocacy 360 for fueling our Improve Communications page; and Ready by 21 for fueling our Work Smarter page); and SparkAction’s audience is large and growing and has already begun mobilizing to drive policy change.
“United We Serve” is a nationwide service initiative that aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own “do-it-yourself” projects.
Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state commissions, and individual champions committed to expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and volunteer. Their website provides the latest information and mobilization opportunities, and the organization produces a regular eNewsletter, which features action alerts, legislative updates, news on national service, and announcements of events and initiatives.