Since its launch in 2010, the Grad Nation campaign has become a powerful movement to increase national high school graduation rates and ultimately prepare young people for success in college, career and life. The latest research shows that, for the first time, America is on track to reach the Grad Nation goal of a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020.The Grad Nation Community Summits will hasten the United States’ progress towards reaching this milestone. In 100 communities across the country, leaders from businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local government, public schools, higher education, foundations and faith-based organizations will join with parents and young people to develop a blueprint to accelerate progress.
At the heart of these plans will be the Five Promises, the wraparound services that dramatically increase a young person’s chance of success: caring adults, safe places, an effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to help others.Each community will use its convening to create greater awareness, engagement and coordinated action around increasing graduation rates — all leading to better outcomes for local young people. Emerging will be a multi-year action plan to guide future work.
Community Summit Locations. Fifteen of the 100 Community Summits will take place in 2013, with the remainder occurring through 2016. Confirmed locations include the following:
- Birmingham, AL
- Jackson, MS
- Statewide and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- Providence, RI
- Toledo, OH
- Tucson, AZ