Announcing: College Signing Day 2017

The Reach Higher and Better Make Room teams are excited to announce College Signing Day. We will be celebrating the week of May 1, 2017. We invite our partners to celebrate at a time that is best for their schedules, anywhere between mid-April to early June. If you are hosting an event, please fill out this form so we can stay in touch with more details!

attends the 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was  part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School.

Celebrities join Mrs. Obama for the 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School.


Exciting Update to College Promise’s “Breaking Up With Student Debt” Contest!

We’re thrilled to announce that actor Kal Penn of ABC’s Designated Survivor and Ted Allen of Food Network’s Chopped will be celebrity judges for our #FreeCommunityCollegeStory video competition!

Don’t miss out on this chance to have Kal and Ted hear your story. The deadline to submit a video is April 2nd, so check out headsupamerica.us/breakup today to learn more and sign up to enter!



Announcing: It’s On Us Week of Action

Every spring and fall semester, hundreds of campuses join together to host rallies, townhalls and teach-ins about how they can end sexual assault on their campus. This year’s 2017 Spring Week of Action will take place from April 2-8. You can sign-up to host an event on your campus here!



Ad Forum Names USOW Campaign “Top 5”

The Los Angeles office of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH LA) generously donated their time to help launch The United State of Women last year. Their talent, skills and hard work paid off — this week they were ranked Top 5 by Ad Forum’s Best Ad of the Week.

You can see their case study on the project (and the other top 4 ads) here.

Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt Available!

By getting Meena Harris’s “Phenomenal Woman” t-shirt (inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” poem), you’re not only making a bold statement, you’re also supporting the critical work that’s being done for women’s rights on the ground by incredible organizations every day. Funds raised from this shirt benefit Emerge America, EMILY’s List, Essie Justice Group, Girls Who Code, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women, so snag yours here!

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Who doesn’t like a good roadtrip?

We’ve got an exciting opportunity for current AND prospective college and postsecondary students. In partnership with career-exploration organization Roadtrip Nation, we’re offering the Beating the Odds Roadtrip, fueled by the ACT Center for Equity in Learning. BAM YES.

This road trip will send students cross-country on a FREE four-week adventure to interview inspiring professionals who overcame struggles to become successful in their careers. Along the way, students will discover different careers and pathways that connect to their interests. And of course, it’s being filmed for the Roadtrip Nation public television series. This (incredible) experience will introduce selected participants—and TV audiences—to all that students can do when they aim high, work hard and find their community.

Applicants should apply at THIS LINK by April 3, 2017.

If you’re not a student, pass on the info. You’re our route to getting the good news out to the students who could benefit the most from this. We’re counting on you.

Win $2k & Break Up with Student Debt!

The College Promise Campaign just announced another exciting Instagram video competition – this time with the theme “Breaking Up with Student Debt.” If you are a community college student or alumni who wants to break-up with student debt, you can enter the #FreeCommunityCollegeStory video competition for a chance to win $2,000 and other prizes. Register for the contest here!


Florida’s First Promise Program!

The College Promise Campaign team is in in Jacksonville today celebrating Florida’s first free community college program. The program will serve all recent high school graduates in Nassua and Duval counties. Follow @FSCJ_Official for updates!

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Help us celebrate Women’s History Month!

From the United State of Women team:

Hi there!

It’s finally here — 31 days of celebrating the legacy of the women who came before us, and the women who continue to work today, and every day, in the fight for women’s equality. So this month, we want to celebrate you, your little sister, your girlfriend, your desk mate: Women in your life who are turning passion into action in ways that truly make a difference.

We want hear from you all month long about the women in your life who’re doing some amazing grassroots organizing, encouraging everyone around them to get involved, and making their voices heard. Know someone like that? Tell us about her!

Women are out making history every day — and we’re getting to witness it in real time! From planning historic marches all around the country to being elected to office at the local, state, and national levels and everything in between, women are at the forefront of shaping the world we’ll become, and very much worth honoring.

So let us know! Of course we’ll be taking the time to remember Ida B. Wells, Grace Lee Boggs, Shirley Chisholm and every other woman who’s made an impact in the history of this country, but we want to pass the mic to you and all the game-changing women you know, too.

Happy Women’s History Month!

Talk soon,


Jordan Brooks
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
The United State of Women

University of Wisconsin Holds It’s On Us Summit


Last weekend, the University of Wisconsin system held an It’s On Us Summit. Over 100 attendees represented schools across the UW system — including Madison, Milwaukee, Plattevillle, River Falls, Eau Claire, Whitewater, Rock County, Stevens Point, Parkside, Stout, Waukesha and Fond du Lac. In a continuation of great midwestern collaboration, there were also students from University of Minnesota, Bemidji State and University of Iowa.


The It’s On Us team flew out to Wisconsin to talk with the students first hand about their organizing plans for the Spring. Combining student activism, supportive administrations and a national network, Wisconsin and Minnesota are doing their part to make a difference.


Want to get involved? Sign up to host a Spring Week of Action event here.


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