Tagged “Adolescents”

Inspiring Practices Serve As Models For Other Communities

Meridian, Idaho

Committed to sustaining a safe and caring community that enables youth to feel a sense of connection and acceptance, the unique city of Meridian, Idaho, is a wonderful place to be. This three-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition caters to its youth through various programs, including Merdian's Promise, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Commission, and the Youth Scholarship Program.

A specific example of success among these initiatives is the Mayor's Anti-Drug Coalition. Comprising parents, teens, and other community members, the group uses innovative methods to encourage the community to rally as one in the hopes of overcoming drug use. Meridian's practices serve as mechanisms in bringing the community together through youth empowerment, and it's clear that it will continue to be a model to other Idaho communities looking to shine.

A Center For Youth Empowerment

Bradenton/Manatee County, Fla.

Four-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition, Bradenton/Manatee County in Florida exemplifies youth empowerment. Residents, schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses place huge importance on intergenerational partnerships, enabling students to gain a strong sense of unity and volunteerism through numerous opportunities.

Twelve thousand youth participate in service programs annually, contributing more than 1.6 million hours to serving their community. Civic engagement programs, like The ManaTEEN Club and Helping Others Lead, Learn, and Achieve, serve as platforms for youth to truly exhibit leadership skills, including offering service opportunities for youth as young as 5.

Youth Well-Being Serves as Priority

Norwalk, Conn.

Youth truly serve as the ultimate priority in Norwalk, Connecticut. With a slew of educational resources and varied youth services that range from recreational leagues to financial literacy workshops to after-school programs, one third of Norwalk's adults volunteer their time to work with youth to ensure that they have all the opportunities necessary to nurture their academic and nonacademic potential.

Programs like the Center for Youth Leadership have received many awards for activism in the community and social change. Norwalk's commitment to providing for its youth speaks to why the community is recognized as one of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People.

Community Enrichment and Cultural Experiences

Anchorage, Alaska

Community collaboration full of diverse and proactive engagement continues to create a wonderful place to live in Anchorage, Alaska, a four-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition.

The effects of decisions related to youth and families play a key role in community activities and programs, such as the Youth Advisory Commission and the Supportive Adult Relationships Coalition, that have helped members of the Anchorage community voice their opinions and raise awareness about services ranging from education to housing.

Spirit of Youth and the Good News-Great Kids serve as motivational programs that offer financial support and recognition to youth who value community service and have overcome obstacles in their lives. The unique enrichment, cultural experiences, and focus on the well-being of its residents truly makes Anchorage a vibrant and engaging place to live.

Community Hardships Serve as Motivation

Mercer County, W.Va.

As a four-time winner in whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People competition, Mercer County, W.Va., continues to address the needs of its youth with fervor, despite the community's challenges. High poverty rates, low income, and unemployment have motivated Mercer County to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth and families through the implementation of well-founded programs.

The Creating Opportunities for Youth (COFY) coalition has encouraged youth to make a difference in their community through the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Thanks to strong collaborations with local partners, COFY has gained equal representation across all sectors of the community and has a proven track record of significantly reducing tobacco and alcohol use.

Because cultural norms in Mercer County fail to promote chronic disease prevention, community agencies have partnered to provide preventive screenings for youth, and the local health department provides community health assessments and outreach services.

No matter the obstacle, Mercer County will continue to aim for the best possible well-being of its residents.

Diverse Resources Available Thanks to Strong Youth Collaborative

Waukesha, Wisc.

Efficient and effective are two of many words that can describe work done in Waukesha, Wisc., to continually improve its youth services. Through the Waukesha Youth Collaborative, youth-serving agencies are able to come together and discuss the immediate and long-term needs of the community.

More than 35 agencies have helped provide a forum for education, information, and networking as well as funding for local programs that provide beneficial resources for youth. For example,

  • The Waukesha County Drug-Free Communities Coalition has helped spread awareness about alcohol and drug use and helped develop a pilot substance abuse program that is under way in three school sites.
  • The Lead to Succeed Waukesha Program makes services accessible to youth through an industry-driven leadership program that allows high school and college students to help meet the needs of local nonprofit organizations—more than 2,400 hours of services have been contributed.

Waukesha continues to excel at providing its youth with a diverse set of resources, and the community is a three-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People.

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