Yale SOM to Focus on the Promise Movement

New Haven Promise announced that the Yale School of Management will be the site of a town hall meeting for the national PromiseNet 2014 conference on the evening of Thursday, November 20th.

PromiseNet — which brings together Promise programs from around the country — will take place in New Haven, Conn., from November 19th to 21st, and is being hosted by New Haven Promise with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.


The event at the Yale School of Management will center on a case study about the Promise movement, the country’s premier place-based scholarship and economic development program. Representatives of Promise organizations from across the United States will discuss the challenges and opportunities in knitting together the various Promise organizations by either coordinating efforts or standardizing operations. The town hall will be held in the School of Management’s new campus, Edward P. Evans Hall.

“Promise programs share a big vision and role vital to tackling the challenges facing our nation around college access and success,” said Andrew Metrick, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Management. “We have already established a relationship with New Haven Promise and its Promising Leaders initiative, pursuant to which our graduate students mentor and develop New Haven Promise’s scholars. We are pleased to assist the Promise community through utilization of our unique Yale case study method in support of this year’s PromiseNet Conference.”

Since the founding of Kalamazoo Promise in 2005, nearly 30 Promise organizations have been founded across the country, including in Pittsburgh, Denver, Buffalo and El Dorado (Ark.). Promise programs go beyond just giving scholarships; they also work to ensure student success, improve public schools and leverage the linkages between college-access and economic viability and growth. This will be the sixth PromiseNet event since 2008, but the first to be held on the East Coast.

Those interested — including those from government, business, philanthropy, education and the nonprofit sectors — are encouraged to attend. More announcements in regards to the agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.

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