America Online and America's Promise Join Forces to Help Nation's At-Risk Youth

April 23, 1998

DULLES, VA, April 23, 1998 - America Online and America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth announced today that on Monday, April 27, they will launch a new, enhanced America's Promise Web site at www.americaspromise.org. Following the launch, General Colin Powell, chairman of America's Promise, will join with America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case that evening, to host an online discussion about America's Promise and how individuals and communities can make a difference in the life of a child. The hour-long chat session will begin at 9:00 PM (ET), and will be made available to the more than 12-million America Online members (Keyword: AOL Live). The discussion will also be made available, on a read-only basis, to Internet users via the America's Promise Web site (www.americaspromise.org). The new America's Promise Web site, which has been built with design and financial support from America Online, will help mobilize a nationwide effort to improve the lives of more than 15 million at-risk youth. The launch of the Web site and the live chat session will kick-off and conclude a day of events during which General Powell will release the America's Promise One-Year Report to the Nation, illustrating the progress being made by America's Promise and its alliance partners since last April's Presidents' Summit for America's Future. During Monday night's live chat, General Powell will discuss the growing momentum of America's Promise nationwide. General Powell will also challenge the chat session participants to volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in the life of a child. Last year, America Online and America's Promise joined forces to harness the power of the interactive medium and work toward the goals and objectives of America's Promise. The result is a series of AOL-supported initiatives, aimed at tapping the resources of both the AOL member community, as well as and the larger cyberspace community. The new America's Promise Web site will educate visitors about America's Promise, through inspiring reports about the work being done by corporations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of faith, state and local communities and individuals, to provide the five America's Promise Fundamental Resources to young people nationwide. In addition, the Web site will allow communities nation-wide to share innovative programming, and discuss programs and practices that have proven successful at a local level. AOL will also launch an America's Promise area in the Lifestyles Channel of America Online (Keyword: America's Promise). AOL will post informational notices about America's Promise on both the AOL and CompuServe services, reaching the more than 14 million members, as well as on AOL.COM for Web users. "This partnership brings together the cyberspace community with the cause of providing much-needed support and assistance to at-risk young people throughout the country," said General L. Powell. "I believe that many Americans want to help, but often don't have the time or the resources to figure out how to become involved. We thank America Online for providing a online opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of volunteering and provide interested individuals and organizations a mechanism to get involved." "We have long believed that community is the core of the interactive experience," said AOL's Steve Case. Linking those who need help with the individuals and organizations who want to help is one of the single best ways we can think of to harness the immediacy, efficiency and most importantly, the interactivity of this medium to make a real difference in the world we live in."

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