America’s Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) today announced the official start of its Grad Nation Community Summits initiative.  These 100 community summits, which will be held across the country over the next four years, begin next week in St. Louis, MO, on September 16.

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“The dropout crisis impacts our business and all American businesses, which need a talented and prepared pipeline of future employees,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer at AT&T.  “The progress we’ve made in recent years to increase the national graduation rate is a testament to America’s Promise, the Grad Nation campaign, and all those working to keep kids in school and on track to succeed.  These summits will ensure we don’t let our foot off the gas, and we keep up the momentum we’ve collectively built.”

The Grad Nation Community Summits initiative is part of the Grad Nation Campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time. The Grad Nation Campaign is also committed to helping America regain its standing as first in the world in college completion.

The premier sponsor of the national Grad Nation Community Summits initiative is AT&T.  AT&T has pledged $5 million over four years to support all 100 Summits as part of their $350 million Aspire initiative.

To read more about America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T’s contribution, read the complete news release.

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