Five Promises

​Research shows that if the Five Promises, as defined by America’s Promise, are consistently fulfilled, they can significantly advance the health and well-being of the next generation – increasing the chances of youth becoming successful adults. Promises in Action guide

1. Caring Adults
Ongoing relationships with caring adults — parents, mentors, tutors or coaches — offer youth support, care and guidance.

2. Safe Places
Safe places with structured activities during nonschool hours provide both physical and emotional safety for youth.

3. A Healthy Start
Adequate nutrition, exercise, and health care pave the way for healthy bodies, healthy minds, and smart habits for adulthood.

4. An Effective Education
All children need the intellectual development, motivation and skills that equip them for successful work and lifelong learning. These result from having quality learning environments, challenging expectations and consistent guidance and mentoring.

5. Opportunities to Help Others
Opportunities to give back through community service enhance self-esteem, boost confidence and heighten a sense of responsibility to the community.

“I believe that every child is a child or promise, and that all of us – working together as concerned citizens, as caring communities – all of us can give young people the tools to accomplish any goal or task they decide upon.”
America’s Promise Chair Mrs. Alma Powell