Youth Development

Youth Development

Children are at the center of our mission at Promise, their needs shape what programs we develop, and it is their success that we use as a measure of our work. Promise Devotes special attention to supporting healthy and holistic youth development both in and out of the classroom. We want our children to be good people. To achieve this, Promise works with both the schools and the larger community to develop extended learning opportunities that address the academic and social needs of our youth.


Members move Promise’s mission forward by working with community partners to help children come to kindergarten ready to learn, and to help improve literacy skills in grade K-3.

Our PromiseCorps members are supervised by a full-time staff member at Promise but each will serve in a variety of locations in the city. Four members serve in the role of Early Childhood Family Support, while the remaining sixteen work in south-side elementary schools working on literacy.

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Upward Bound Promise Ambassadors

Upward Bound Promise Ambassadors receive training and counseling in service learning and leadership while working in service to the Promise Zone community: the neighborhoods around Kenwood, Lincoln, Perrin Woods, and Fulton Elementary Schools.  Promise Ambassadors will be provided internship, volunteer and employment opportunities in programming coordinated by the Springfield Promise Neighborhood, a local nonprofit working to improve the academic and social success of children and families, in partnership with Upward Bound.

Summer Bridge

The Preschool Summer Bridge program originated with the goal of maintaining a child’s early learning experience with an emphasis on the skills found on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment-Literacy (KRA-L). Children who have participated in summer bridge programs have outscored other children entering kindergarten in other public school districts. This is the first and only summer bridge program in Clark County.

Springfield Promise Neighborhood’s core strategy of School Readiness to focus on pre-literacy skills and parent engagement that encourages literacy building in the home and through extended learning.

Students who come into our program will learn valuable skills covering issues around hygiene and personal fitness. Upon completion of the program students and family participants will be prepared for the changes that accompany a student when entering a K-6 learning environment.

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