Tagged “Community Engagement”

Addressing Youth Needs Through Strong Coalitions and Partnerships

Sylacauga, Ala.

Three-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition, Sylacauga, Ala., has made its mark on addressing youth needs and collaboration. Through the community's coalitions and partnerships, award-winning programs like SAFE Family Services Center, the BRIDGES after-school program, and HIPPY (Home Instruction Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) have helped promote community cohesion.

The SAFE coalition provides meaningful opportunities for families to contribute to the growth of Sylacauga and develop the initiative to serve others. Graduation rates are increasing because of BRIDGES and HIPPY, programs that both provide youth development activities to students across diverse age-groups.

Whether through the analysis of needs assessment data or the selection of coalition-led/evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, it's clear that Sylacauga has an innate desire to better its community.

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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