This week we celebrate the tenth anniversary of America's Promise—The Alliance for Youth, the initiative for youth grew out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia co-chaired by Presidents Carter and Bush. With founding chairman General Colin Powell followed by chairs Senator Harris Wofford and Alma Powell, the organization has set the bar high with it five promises for youth. The organization has answered in both words and deeds what our promise must be for all young people:
• Caring Adults
• Safe Places
• A Healthy Start
• Effective Education
• Opportunities to Help Others
Through community partnerships, corporate partnerships, and nonprofit partnerships, the Alliance has called attention to the millions of children who do not have even one promise in their lives let alone all five. Through research released last year, Every Child, Every Promise, we saw what must be done now for childen.
Congratulations to all those associated with America's Promise particularly Colin and Alma Powell for leading the way so that all children in our country can realize their promise.