Americas Promise Alliance: Five Promises
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The Five Promises are the fundamental resources that young people need to succeed. The work of America's Promise is built around the framework of ensuring that more young people experience more of the Promises. To experience the full power of the Promises, young people must experience these critical supports throughout their lives — in their families, at schools and out in their communities.
PROMISE NO. 1 Caring Adults
Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.
PROMISE NO. 2 Safe Places
To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.
PROMISE NO. 3 A Healthy Start
Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and practice healthy habits throughout childhood, including proper nutrition and exercise, and have access to high quality learning opportunities. Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.
PROMISE NO. 4 Effective Education
Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.
PROMISE NO. 5 Opportunities to Help Others
Through service to others and community, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances. The chance to give back teaches young people the value of service to others, the meaning of community, and the self-respect that comes from knowing that one has a contribution to make in the world.