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America's Promise and Idaho's Promise

100 Best Communities for Young People
Do You Have the Nation's Best Community for Kids?
Community winners for 2012 have been announced. Learn more about about the community winners at America's Promise Alliance.

Founding Chairman, General Colin L. PowellAmerica's Promise

Under the leadership of Founding Chairman General Colin Powell and current Chair Alma Powell, the America’s Promise Alliance has become the nation’s largest partnership providing support to young people.

The mission of America's Promise is to mobilize people from every level of American life to build the character and competence of our great nation's youth by fulfilling five promises for young people:

  1. Ongoing relationships with caring adults in their lives -parents, mentors, tutors
  2. Safe places with structured activities during nonschool hours
  3. Healthy start and future
  4. Marketable skills through effective education
  5. Opportunities to give back through community service

Learn more at the America's Promise Alliance website.

Idaho's Promise

The Future of Our Young People Depends on Us!
Young people need our love and care. We as Idahoans can work together as partners with a diverse range of talented and dedicated state and national resources to create healthy Idaho communities for our youth. Click here to learn more about Idaho's Promise and the Youth Plate Program.

Idaho Dropout Prevention Summit
Serve Idaho received a grant from America’s Promise to host a Dropout Prevention Summit. Nampa Mayor Tom Dale and the city’s Keeping the Promise Alliance provided leadership and hosted the event. Additional grant funding was provided by State Farm Insurance.

Over 350 business leaders, school administrators and educators, parents and social service professionals convened to have a frank dialogue about why students drop out of school. Workshops highlighted some successful strategies that are helping to keep students engaged and motivated to graduate from high school. Insights gained from a youth panel were extremely valuable and emphasized that students want and need to know that someone cares about them and their future success.

Post Summit Accomplishments
House Bill 545, “School Drop‐Out Prevention,” was passed by the Idaho State Legislature in 2010. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Rich Jarvis of Meridian.

The Idaho Department of Education is exploring solutions:
  • Partner with the Hispanic Academic Achievement Task Force and Tribal Schools to focus on cultural competency in Idaho education
  • Review truancy policy examples from Idaho schools and create a clear policy informed by prosecuting attorneys for district implementation
  • Increase the range of options for online academics
  • Create a program guide to establish truancy courts based on the successful models currently operating in Idaho

Meridian, Idaho
One of the 100 Best Communities

In a celebration of America’s young people and the communities most dedicated to helping local youth graduate from high school, America’s Promise Alliance has announced its 2012 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People.

Meridian - A five-time 100 Best winner - prides itself on being a unique city with an abundance of lifestyle choices that support the commitment to maintaining a safe and caring community where young people feel accepted, respected and connected. Read More »
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