Tagged “Voices”

School Celebrates All Voices as Children, Parents, and Staff Unite.

Stockton Elementary School, Cherry Hill, N.J.
 

Richard Stockton Elementary School celebrates all voices as children, parents, and staff unite. SES plans together, shares sorrows, respects one another, celebrates differences, and experiences amazing daily adventures. The staff broke into groups to create an ideal school and presented to each other their team vision. Trust, respect, a collaborative work environment that was welcoming and safe to students, staff, and parents were common threads. Today what stands out at Richard Stockton is the comprehensive approach to character education, the opportunities for student and staff voices to be heard, and the goal of providing genuine opportunities for moral growth.
 

Midwestern Culture Cultivates Rich Opportunities for Youth

Omaha, Neb.

Incorporating student voice, engagement, and overall well-being into the community are top priorities in Omaha, Neb. Nestled in an environment with strong Midwestern values, the city has a deep understanding and focus on creating a collaborative pathway to achievement so that its youth can succeed.

Interactive leadership programs, like Youth Leadership Omaha and the City of Omaha's Mayor's Youth Commission, have allowed students to examine their community in full and participate in addressing community needs to promote long-term wellness. A dedication to the growth of youth is also evident in volunteering, receiving mentoring services, and gaining preparation for post-secondary education that are easily accessible through local nonprofit organizations, like Building Bright Futures and the Midlands Mentoring Partnership.

Omaha, Neb., is a first-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition.

Putting Youth Dialogue Front and Center

Barnstable County, Mass.

Barnstable County, Mass., a four-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People recognition, has set the stage for youth dialogue in its community.

A variety of innovative partnerships have helped promote this dialogue, thanks to the Barnstable County Council for Children, Youth, and Families. These include

  • The Cape and Islands Youth Congress, a diverse group of high school students who encourage their peers to step up to challenges and be positive agents of change.
  • The Cape Youth Force, which enables youth participants to become involved in the grant-making process.
  • The Cape and Islands Gay-Straight Youth Alliance, a youth-led group that networks with fellow youth organizations across Cape Cod.

Barnstable County is definitely doing its part in promoting the value of youth engagement.

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.

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.

Culturally Responsive Approach to Learning Is Cherished

Ganado Intermediate School, Ganado, Ariz.

Many students on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Ariz., face challenges that can negatively affect their education at Ganado Intermediate School. One of the aims of the school is to engage families as partners in learning. Ganado maintains an open school policy throughout the day, offering a parent resource center that sponsors quarterly workshops, distributes resources and materials, and provides access to a library and computer center.

Ganado also demonstrates its culturally responsive approach to student learning by considering the cultural strengths that can help kids learn best. The school recognizes how it can align a whole child approach to education with the Navajo education philosophy to further its mission.

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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