NYC among best communites for young people

January 24, 2008 1:21:09 PM PST
New York City has again been named one of the country's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday. It is the second straight year the city has made the list.

Founded by General Colin Powell, America's Promise is the nation's largest private-public partnership committed to ensuring that every child receives the fundamental resources they need to succeed.

More than 300 rural, suburban and urban communities from all 50 states participated in the competition.

"New York City is one of America's 100 Best Communities for Young People because our youth programs are fueled by the same energy and dynamism that defines the Big Apple," Bloomberg said. "Winning this prestigious award for the second consecutive year underscores our commitment to building on what works."

New York City was selected on the strength of its individual programs, a commitment to collaboration and upward trends in many children and youth outcomes indicators.

One highlight was the Teen ACTION (Achieving Change Together In Our Neighborhood) program, which is part of the Center for Economic Opportunity's anti-poverty initiative, and which offers youth a chance to engage in service projects that reflect their priorities and input.

The application also showcased Youth Financial Empowerment, an Administration for Children's Services initiative that provides 450 youth in foster care with Individual Development Accounts that encourage participants to save money for future housing and education costs.

All communities that completed entries in the competition were required to submit detailed information on existing community programs and initiatives that help deliver the Five Promises, which are resources identified by America's Promise as being critical to the development of healthy and successful children.

They include caring adults, safe places, healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. A complete list of winners can be found at AmericasPromise.org


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