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America's Promise Alliance
America's Promise Alliance is the largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth in the United States. A basic tenet for the organization's work is that if young people are going to have a chance at academic success and social and civic competence, they need five critical developmental resources, or "promises": caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.

On October 22, 2009, Communities In Schools of NC, NCDPI and America's Promise Alliance, will host the North Carolina Graduation Summit at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The event will offer superintendents from every school district in the state an opportunity to learn more about successful dropout prevention efforts. As a part of the Summit, superintendents will also meet other members of their Community Action Workgroups and develop plans for improving graduation rates in their region. Visit and contact Mark Carrington at 919.832.2700 or at to register.

Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University
The Center for Child and Family Policy is working to solve problems facing children in contemporary society by bringing together scholars from many disciplines with policy makers and practitioners to improve the lives of children and families. America's Promise Alliance has selected Duke University's Center for Child and Family Policy to evaluate the first phase of its new five-year nationwide effort to deliver developmental resources to 15 million young people.

The first phase focuses on improving high school graduation rates through a series of school dropout summits. The Alliance has planned 50 state-level and 50 community-level summits as the catalyst for implementing national strategies to keep youth in school.

As evaluator, the center will assess the scope and potential impact of the school dropout summits. In addition, the evaluation team will work collaboratively with the Alliance to finalize and plan for implementing its National Action Strategy.

Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools is the nation's largest stay-in school network, serving just over one million youth in 154 communities across the United States. CIS is providing the link between teachers and the community – by bringing caring adults into the schools and community sites to meet children's needs.

Massachusetts Coalition for School-Based Health Centers
The MA Coalition of School-Based Health Centers is the statewide organization leading the movement to put healthcare where kids spend the majority of their time – in schools.  The Coalition provides a central voice, advocating for SBHC's, and facilitating knowledge sharing among SBHC's. 

Reframing School Dropout as a Public Health Issue

Creating Resiliency Partnerships for Children and Youth

Message: Graduate! Briefing Paper
This briefing paper describes state and local initiatives designed to increase the North Carolina graduation rate and share some future directions and policy considerations.
(doc, 98kb)

National Dropout Prevention Center
The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is to serve as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school.


NCDPI Student Support Services

NCDPI Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services

New Schools Project
The North Carolina New Schools Project (NCNSP) works to accelerate systemic, sustainable innovation in secondary schools across the state so that, in time, every high school in North Carolina graduates every student ready for college, careers and life in the society and economy of the 21st century.

North Carolina Learn and Earn Online

Raise the Graduation Rate - A Call to Action!
State Superintendent June Atkinson identifies ten imperatives for all school districts as they work to improve their graduation rate.
(pdf, 334kb)

Southern Regional Education Board
Founded in 1948, the Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with leaders and policy-makers in 16 member states to improve pre-K through postsecondary education. Through many nationally recognized programs and services, SREB's mission is helping states achieve the 12 Challenge to Lead Goals for Education .