National Press Club

Alma Powell on Youth Assistance Programs

April 1, 2009

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Run time: 61 minutes

Alma Powell, national chair of America's Promise Alliance, talked about the challenges facing the nation's youth and remedies to reverse the high school dropout crisis. Mrs. Powell cited newly released data on high school graduation rates of the nation's largest cities and the adverse impact low graduation rates have on the nation's economic and national security. She also discussed the important role that service plays in helping young people and reflected on how she and her husband General Colin Powell have spent decades working to engage every sector of society to improve the lives of youth. Mrs. Powell responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.