Local and National Organizations

The groups listed here provide resources and information on dropout prevention, dropout recovery, and related topics. For Washington DC organizations visit the resources list here. National organizations are listed below.

Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is the first and only U.S. organization that identifies, recognizes and supports the more than 1.3 million youth ages 8-18who are responsible for the care of their ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. AACY provides information and resources to youth, families and helping professionals; conducts research; and promotes awareness of the issue of youth caregiving. Studies show that among students who drop out of school for personal reasons, 22 percent do so to care for a family member.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

The Alliance is the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. They have made a top priority of ensuring that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work, and life.

Communities In Schools is the leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life.

The mission of the Center is to develop and disseminate the know-how required to enable all students to graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life. EGC combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation, and capacity building efforts to enable states, communities, school districts, and schools to provide all students with the supports they need to succeed.

The Center provides knowledge and promotes networking for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families to increase opportunities for youth in at-risk situations to receive the quality education and services necessary to successfully graduate from high school.

The Center was established in 2004 by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide high quality, evidence-based technical assistance to help states build and implement sustainable programs and best practices that will yield positive results in dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities.

Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods wrap children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational support from the cradle to college to career. The Institute provides resources to all Promise Neighborhood communities including technical support for planning, identifying quality approaches, building partnerships, assessing needs, communications strategy,and many more essentials for successfully building a Promise Neighborhood.

In 2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school by 2018. United Way mobilizes volunteers to help build supportive communities, effective schools, and strong families.