What's new !!!

On behalf of the Graduation Pledge Alliance and Humboldt State University you are cordially invited to attend Ignite! Lighting the Passion Within, a leadership conference and celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Graduation Pledge. Please hold the date, make plans, and join us for an event that will include inspirational keynote speakers, community service projects, great presentations, and heartfelt celebrations of food, music, and dance.

The Graduation Pledge started at HSU in 1987 and has since spread to colleges and universities around the world. Under the auspices of the Graduation Pledge Alliance and hosted at Bentley College (a conference sponsor), the Pledge continues to inspire all of us to be mindful of how we can change the world by the personal and career choices we make.

Please consider offering a presentation at the conference. an important conference value is to build mentor relationships between those that have learned from their experiences, and the students in attendance.

Check out the conference website at http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/leadership/ to register for the conference, and to submit your presentation.

Join us for an event you'll never forget!

The Graduation Pledge Alliance is pleased to formally announce its new collaborative partnership between itself and Free the Children. 

Free the Children is the largest network of children helping children through education in the world. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger at age 12, Free the Children has since grown into the largest organization of youth helping youth in the world. Covered by media including Oprah, CNN, 60 Minutes, 10/10, Time, and People magazine, they work to free children from poverty and exploitation by addressing its primary root cause, a lack of education. Free the Children has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, received the World Economic Forum medal, and has partners that include the United Nations, Oprah, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Richard Gere. Free the Children has changed the lives of more than one million children around the world with their innovative approach to education, raising more than $20 million dollars from youth, building 400 schools for 35,000 children, developing healthcare centers for 500,000 people in 40 countries, and delivering 200,000 school kits to new students around the world.

GPA and FTC have developed a new pledge in honor of children and children’s rights that FTC will begin offering to its campus chapters this year.  The wording of the Global Pledge for Children and Their Families, Society, and the Environment is: 

I, ______, pledge to use my knowledge to educate others about the social and environmental issues that impact our world. I commit to making socially responsible career and lifestyle choices with a particular emphasis on enhancing the lives of all children and their families. Through passion, action and dedication, I can help children meet their basic needs for survival. 

While only offered to chapter members this year, FTC plans to introduce both this and the standard GPA Pledge to all students at campuses in the future.

If you have any questions about the partnership or FTC in general, feel free to contact Sarah Mountcastle, Coordinator of Regional Networks: sarah@freethechildren.com, and also at 416.925.5918, ext. 136.