NEA Works with National Partners on Dropout Prevention
NEA has established dropout prevention partnerships with two national organizations: America’s Promise Alliance and Jobs for America’s Graduates.
America’s Promise Alliance (APA)
NEA has made a commitment to work with APA to increase the nation’s graduation rate through dropout prevention and intervention, especially for students of color and students from low-income homes.
APA is supporting dropout prevention summits across the country to “increase awareness, encourage collaboration and facilitate action in those states and communities that want to improve their graduation rates.” The summits bring governors, mayors, business leaders, child advocates, educators, parents, and students together. APA has invited every state and 55 cities to host summits through 2010.
NEA has encouraged state and local affiliates to convene, help plan, and/or attend the summits so that the Association’s voice is heard as summit participants develop state-and community-specific dropout prevention action plans.
Jobs for America’s Graduates
NEA’s partnership with JAG advances both organizations’ interests in dropout prevention and intervention. JAG is a 27-year-old school-to-career program that operates in high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the country and the United Kingdom.
NEA has encouraged its state and local affiliates to provide support and assistance to schools that are using the JAG program. JAG works with 40,000 young people in 700 schools and other locations in 28 states to help them achieve academic, career, and life success.