The Guidebook’s Developers

The GradNation Community Guidebook  is authored by Robert Balfanz and Joanna Horning Fox from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education and by John M. Bridgeland and Mary Bruce of Civic Enterprises. It builds off the 2009 GradNation Guidebook , which was developed by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center.

The Community Guidebook jointly developed by:

America’s Promise Alliance

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together hundreds of national organizations representing nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. Through our GradNation campaign, we mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Building on the legacy of our Founding Chairman General Colin Powell, America’s Promise believes the success of young people is grounded in Five Promises: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others. For more information, visit

Civic Enterprises

Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities, and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country. Created to enlist the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to help address our nation’s toughest problems, Civic Enterprises fashions new initiatives and strategies that achieve measurable results in the fields of education, civic engagement, economic mobility, and many other domestic policy issues. For information about Civic Enterprises, please visit

The Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University

The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University seeks to identify the barriers that stand in the way of all students graduating from high school prepared for adult success, to develop strategic solutions to overcome the barriers, and to build local capacity to implement and sustain them. For more information, please visit

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