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Mobilizing to build a #GradNation: a 90% graduation rate by 2020.
Mobilizing to build a #GradNation: a 90% graduation rate by 2020.

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No, it's not a Halloween costume.  It's our new logo and it's here to stay! Get the full story here: http://bit.ly/1DDhL9n 
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Alma Powell blogs about this historic week: "What a week this is for America’s Promise Alliance, beginning with a few people in the White House and ending with a nationwide call to action on American Graduate Day." #GradNation #AmGrad http://bit.ly/1usFvgs
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President Obama signs Summit Declaration #edchat   #GradNation  
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John Gomperts reflects on this historic day on the #GradNation blog. "Today is a very special day for America's Promise Alliance. President Barack Obama became the seventh consecutive president to add his signature to the Declaration to Fulfill the Promise of America, first signed in Philadelphia in April 1997."
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Participated in The White House Oval Office ceremony with President Barack Obama today, where he added his signature to the Presidents’ Declaration to Fulfill the Promise of America. He is the seventh consecutive president to sign a declaration calling on all Americans to do more to help young people in America reach their full potential. http://bit.ly/1mpIrYs
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David Shapiro of MENTOR highlights #MentoringEffect & #NotDropouts reports in newest #GradNation blog: http://bit.ly/1yiupgC

Quick hits from the Mentoring Effect report -- Research shows that youth who were at-risk of dropping out, with absenteeism being a risk factor, who had an adult mentor growing up experienced a host of positive outcomes related to academics including that they were:
-55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not.
-81 percent more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
-More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
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America's Promise Alliance, uAspire, with support from The Citi Foundation, launch #DOLLARSFORCOLLEGE Financial Aid Planning Toolkit! The first of its kind toolkit designed by financial aid practitioners; Provides easy, comprehensive guidelines from middle school through college #FinAid #GradNation http://gradnation.org/dollarsforcollege
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Lester Strong pens GradNation blog about a new AARP Experience Corps attendance initiative in Baltimore City that aims to reduce chronic absenteeism: http://bit.ly/1oWhMhJ #SchoolEveryDay #GradNation
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Earlier this week, we shared stories from City Year and Youth Service America about service and improving school attendance. Today, on the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, we’re proud to share Evelyne Santiago’s story. Evelyne has dedicated her career to helping young people. First, as a City Year corps member, now as part of the America's Promise Alliance staff. http://bit.ly/YDBZ5S #GradNation #AmeriCorps20
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