00 Communities Honored For Positive Acceptance Of Young People
America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth has announced the winners of a first- ever national competition to identify 100 Best Communities for Young People. The winning communities, ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods across America, are being celebrated for their commitment to provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people.
Members of America’s Promise Alliance, including United Way of America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Junior Achievement and the YMCA and many others, took leading roles in the 100 Best competition. 100 Best Communities for Young People was launched in partnership with Capital One Financial Corporation.
America’s Promise Founding Chairman General Colin Powell announced the competition in May and communities applied for a place on the list.
The 100 Best winners were chosen by a selection panel of civic, business and nonprofit leaders, including United Way of America President Brian Gallagher, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, NBC Washington Bureau Chief and Moderator of Meet the Press Tim Russert, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. and former Denver mayor Wellington Webb.
The selection panel’s decisions were based upon detailed information provided in their applications about each community’s efforts to fulfill five essential promises critical to the well-being of young people which are:
–caring adults who are actively involved in their lives;
–safe places in which to learn and grow;
–a healthy start toward adulthood;
–an effective education that builds marketable skills; and
–opportunities to help others.
To honor the 100 Best communities selected, the America’s Promise Alliance held a special event last week in Washington, D.C. The celebration was dedicated to the children affected by Hurricane Katrina, highlighting outstanding community initiatives across the country that are providing displaced children with the services and support needed to thrive no matter where they are. All proceeds from this event will go toward helping the children impacted by Katrina.
The Alliance will also sponsor a year-long celebration including a special day in each of the winning communities and a series of regional forums across the country that will enable communities to share their success stories and learn effective strategies from one another that will further enrich the lives of their young people.
The “100 Best” communities cover 40 states. They range in size from 850 people to more than two million. Nearly half are urban; 22 are rural; and 29 are suburban.
The winners are:
San Mateo County
Loveland and Fort Collins
Madison County and Rexburg
Black Hawk County
Greater Kansas City
Wicomico County and Salisbury
Alger and Marquette Counties
Olmsted County and Rochester
St. Louis Park
Greater Kansas City
Greene County and Springfield
St. Louis City
Central Finger Lakes Region
Benton County and Corvallis
Central Bucks County and Bensalem
Greene County and Greenville
Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
Newport News and Hampton
Pierce County and Lakewood
Appleton and Fox Cities