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America's Promise

"America's Promise is pulling together the might of this nation to strengthen the character and competence of youth. And it's working."

Founding Chairman, General Colin L. Powell


To mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by fulfilling Five Promises for young people:

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


America's Promise was founded after the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, April 27-29, 1997 in Philadelphia. Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford, with First Lady Nancy Reagan representing her husband, challenged the nation to make youth a national priority. Their call to action included a commitment on the part of the nation to fulfill the Five Promises. Also attending were nearly 30 governors, 100 mayors, 145 community delegations, dozens of prominent business leaders and several thousand concerned citizens. The Summit was co-sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National Service.

National Organizations

America's Promise has created a diverse and growing Alliance of nearly 500 national organizations called Partners, which make large-scale national commitments to fulfill one or more of the Five Promises. These organizations agree to expand existing youth programs or create new ones and hold themselves accountable by measuring their progress. Spanning all sectors of society, these groups include corporations, not-for-profits, higher-education and faith-based groups, associations and federal agencies, and arts and culture organizations. Most Partners expand the scale and impact of their efforts by collaborating with other groups, such as direct youth service providers.

Communities of Promise

More than 550 community and state partners across the nation have united to fulfill the Five Promises. These communities have formed grassroots coalitions among the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to generate more resources for young people who need them. Those who build community-wide alliances to fulfill all Five Promises for youth are known as Communities of Promise.


America's Promise is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization funded by public and private grants and contributions. The Alliance provides information and publishes progress reports by its partners. For more information, visit; AOL Keyword: America's Promise or call 1-888-55-YOUTH.

Copyright 2000 © America's Promise - The Alliance For Youth

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