Research indicates one of the greatest impediments to learning is stress. Because most students lack the skills needed to handle daily pressures such as bullying, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, or violence, they are unable to focus or concentrate, may have low self-esteem, anxiety, or even depression.
After surveying her peers and establishing a Facebook group, Akron student Kaliah Nash held a conference of her fellow students, business people, community members, and college students from the educational field to discuss the creation of an ongoing program to raise graduation rates. Nash started her project with funds from a joint AT&T and America’s Promise program called My Idea Grants.
Webinar on Grad Nation Report slated for April 25!
On April 25 from 2-3pm ET, report authors Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises will conduct an in-depth webinar on the data and research from the report. The national high school graduation rate increased from 72.6 percent in 2002 to 75.5 percent in 2009, according to the 2012 update to the Building a Grad Nation report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Register for this webinar today!
With one in four students not graduating from high school, Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker was inspired to record a video message to urge everyone to act to end the high school dropout crisis. Mayor Booker has teamed up to support AT&T’s campaign Connect For Good (www.causes.com/graduate) to help raise funds for America’s Promise Alliance’s dropout prevention work.
Our April youth newsletter focuses on STEM and features Words of Wisdom from Hispanic Heritage Foundation President & CEO Antonio Tijerino. In his piece he says, “America will continue losing its competitive edge unless we increase the number of students graduating from high school, entering college and interested in pursuing a STEM-based education and career.”