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America's Promise

The Alliance for Youth

America’s Promise, led by General Colin Powell, is a nationwide initiative to strengthen the character of America’s youth. Hundreds of communities across the country have committed themselves to their youth, pledging to meet the five promises of America’s Promise:

  • Mentor: Ensure every child and teenager has an ongoing relationship with a caring adult.

  • Protect: Supply safe places and structured activities during non-school hours.

  • Nurture: Offer a healthy start, emotionally, physically and mentally.

  • Teach: Provide an effective education that will lead to the development of a marketable skill.

  • Serve: Allow youth to give back to their community through service.

Research has shown that when these assets are accessible, youth are less likely to engage in a wide range of negative behavior including alcohol abuse, tobacco and drug use, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, domestic violence, and attempted suicide.

What is a Community of Promise? (link to What is a Community of Promise page)
Why become a Community of Promise? (link to Why a Community of Promise page)
How to become a Community of Promise (link to How a Community of Promise page)

Michigan’s Promise
Twenty-three Michigan communities have made a commitment to youth through America’s Promise. Information about these communities as well the overall goals of Michigan’s Promise can be found at the above link.

America’s Promise
Connect directly with the national organization.

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The Michigan Municipal League is here to assist your community if you are interested in learning more about America’s Promise. Please contact Colleen Layton at clayton@mml.org.

 

 

 

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