Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) joins America's Promise Alliance and its Grad Nation Campaign

At Home, in School and in our Communities ERCA Supports the Call to Reduce the High School Dropout Rate and Improve the lives of America's Young People

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) today announced they have become a partner of America's Promise Alliance (America's Promise) and will work with them to help reduce the nation's high school dropout rate and ensure that America's children and youth have the resources they need to lead healthy, successful lives.

ERCA conducts research to identify students' career and educational interests and goals. ERCA partners with America's Promise to motivate students to build a path forward that achieves their objectives and embraces their passions.

Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as its founding chair, America's Promise is the nation's largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Its strong national network of more than 400 partners is comprised of organizations representing all sectors of American life. Through America's Promise, these partners are working together to end the dropout crisis and see that more children and youth experience the Five Promises in their lives—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others. 

As an official partner, ERCA will support and take part in the work of America's Promise to ensure that more of the nation's young people experience the Five Promises and are prepared to finish high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce. ERCA will also be an active partner in supporting the work of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. The goal of Grad Nation is 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.

"Our focus on motivating students to explore career pathways relevant to their interests, education and passion is right in line with the mission of America's Promise and its network of partners. We look forward to helping make a real difference in young people's lives," said Michael Conn, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research, ERCA. Dr. Conn has also been named to the America's Promise Research Council, which sets a national research agenda for the America's Promise Alliance. They also advise the Board of Directors and America's Promise Trustees on issues related to evaluating indicators and outcomes for thriving youth.

"Creating stronger communities where youth feel supported and encouraged is essential to America's future strength and vitality," said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. "By coming together in common purpose, we demonstrate our commitment and the fact that we all have a role to play in the success of our children and youth, and we are infinitely more powerful as a united force. We're thrilled that Educational Research Center of America has joined this movement."

The work of America's Promise includes signature initiatives like the 100 Best Communities for Young People competition and Grad Nation Communities. America's Promise also supports and distributes numerous reports highlighting the latest research and data for communities and youth development practitioners. This includes the annual Building a Grad Nation report on the dropout crisis as well as resources on parental engagement, career exploration and communications.  As a partner, ERCA will have early access to all America's Promise commissioned research, tools and information.

To learn more about America's Promise Alliance, visit:

About Educational Research Center of America

Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) is a not-for-profit research organization committed to helping high school students and their parents consider all of their future options. ERCA conducts voluntary surveys on career aspirations among secondary school students to connect them with institutions of higher learning and other organizations and to provide guidance about what comes next after high school. ERCA's research and resources support the dialog among parents, students and educators about finding the right educational and career pathway.  For more information on ERCA, please visit:

Media Contact: Ed Doody, Educational Research Center of America, 516.345.0027,

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