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2018-19 Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Host Sites Announced

A big Alliance welcome to our 2018-19  Host Sites! We're thrilled to partner with the following organizations to address educational inequities and poverty in our state. Alliance AmeriCorps VISTAs at…

2016-17 AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Impact

Restorative Practices Summit

GradMinnesota and the Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition invite you to participate in a Restorative Practices Summit on March 10, 2018, hosted by Laura Jeffrey Academy. Please join us in building a richer, stronger, and closer community…

Small Nudge

By Emily Spoden, Promise Fellow serving at Northfield High School A student who is usually uninspired to do homework came into our office this week during her study hall. She…

“Kids Changing Systems” YouthPower Recommendations on Transportation Issues

On October 19, the GradMinnesota Advisory Meeting was held at St. Paul Youth Services to hear the perspectives of youth on GradMinnesota’s priority recommendation - Make Transportation Accessible to All…

Fatima’s Journey to the Minnesota Youth Council

Hi, my name is Fatima Raye Menawa. I am a Junior at Stillwater Area High school in Minnesota, and a member of the Minnesota Youth Council. Before I joined the…

Youth Voice: The Difference Between Empowering Youth and Emboldening Them

By: Jacob Schimetz, Minnesota Youth Council Originally posted here by America's Promise Alliance on October 2, 2017 Many young people today are aware of the tools that amplify our voice—social media…

Illustrated Essay: Positive School Climate and Restorative Practices

A positive school environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive is critical for student success. Exclusionary discipline policies such as suspension and expulsions have been shown to contribute to long-term…

Youth testimonials on Exclusionary Discipline Policies: Bridging Experience and Data

Minnesota has huge disparities in the application of exclusionary disciplinary policies. Black youth are 7 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students. Native youth are 6.5…

What is a “Bilingual Seal?”

By: Emily Kay, GradMinnesota AmeriCorps VISTA How many languages do you speak, read, and write fluently?  In Minnesota, 8.3% of K-12 public school students are identified as English Language Learners. …