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100 Best Communities for Young People
America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest alliance dedicated to children and youth, in partnership with Capital One, has announced that the City and County of Honolulu has been named a winner of its 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People competition. The 100 Best competition recognizes the 100 outstanding communities across
“The prosperity of every community and this country depends on how well we care for our children and youth,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “Although no place is perfect, when we have communities that make young people a priority and are working to make sure they stay in school and have all the resources necessary to lead healthy, productive lives, we must recognize them and by extension inspire other cities and towns to follow their lead.”
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “This recognition validates the efforts being made by the City and
“Our Alternative Diploma Program, which is operated as a partnership between the
“Congratulations to all our hard-working City employees, especially Lei Nakamura of our Department of Community Services, involved in bringing this outstanding national recognition to our island home.”
Alma Powell, the wife of
The 100 Best competition was first held in 2005. This year’s winners were selected by a distinguished panel that included some of the nation’s most well-known civic, business, and nonprofit leaders, such as Gayle Manchin, first lady of West Virginia; United Way President Brian Gallagher; former Mayor of Denver and President of Webb Group International, Wellington Webb; Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities; Christine James-Brown, president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America; and Dr. Suzanne Morse, executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.
All communities that completed entries in the 100 Best competition were required to submit detailed information to the Alliance on existing community programs and initiatives that help deliver the Five Promises—resources identified by America’s Promise as being critical to the development of healthy, successful children: caring adults; safe places; healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. Applicants were also asked to describe how different sectors of their community come together to deliver the Five Promises and specific efforts and programs developed to ensure that their young people graduate from high school and be prepared for college and the workforce. Each of these communities, regardless of whether they were selected as winners, will be eligible to apply for $300,000 in grants from the
More details about the 100 Best competition and a complete list of the 2008 winners are available at www.americaspromise.org.
Mayor Hannemann will be speaking this evening at the Milano The New School “Urban Conversations” Series in
The mayor traveled by train to
Bill Brennan, 525-6928
|Friday, January 25, 2008|