Tagged “Community Engagement”

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.

Partnerships Help Support Diverse Set of Community-Based Services

Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vt.

Exceptional community-based services for youth have emerged in Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union in Vermont, whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, thanks to its cultivation of partnerships.

With connections from regional planning commissions to indigenous organizations to local hospitals, the community has been able to provide strong programs for youth across a spectrum of ages. The Early Childhood Program provides screening services for children before entering preschool, and the Circle of Courage program helps children gain an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the local Native American Abenaki culture.

Because of its dedicated work to build systems of care for children with special needs, the region received the Communities Can! Award by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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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