Future Graduate Update: One Girl’s Tribute to Her Teachers

Pearson and America’s Promise are working together to help communities raise graduation rates for students like this young woman who often fall through the cracks.


Essence Blakemore is working hard to be a leader in her community.

As such, she’s busy: Essence is an active member of Minnesota Alliance with Youth, she is involved with the Minnesota Youth Council’s Education Committee, she assisted the Minnesota Department of Education secure grant money for after-school programs, and she helped write a bill to make the Minnesota Youth Council an official liaison to the governor’s office and legislature.

Essence also plays the guitar, draws with pastels, knits, crochets, and writes poetry and short stories.

In this video, Essence’s covers one of the five America’s Promise Alliance promises, which is an ongoing relationship with a “Caring Adult”—a parent, mentor, tutor or coaches who helps keep a young person motivated.

The GradNation State Activation initiative is a collaboration between America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson working to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent. It’s programs like the ones Essence supports that help keep students motivated to stay in school.

Today, Civic Enterprises and Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance will host a webinar discussing the latest data findings on graduation rates in the U.S. To register, please click here. To learn more about the GradNation State Activation program, please click here

Essence Blakemore on Caring Adults from Pearson Learning News on Vimeo.