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(Fri., Oct. 14, 2011)—The City and County of Honolulu has achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance “100 Best Communities for Young People” presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and creating brighter futures for young people.


The City’s 2011 recognition marks the fourth win for Honolulu in this competition. Other winning years were 2006, 2008, and 2010. This year, Honolulu competed with more than 300 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for this honor.  


            “We are proud of this national recognition,” said Mayor Peter Carlisle. “This award highlights the hard work of many community members who have dedicated their time to making a difference in the lives of our young people.”


The City was named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities” because Honolulu continues to promote the growth and development of its youth through education, leadership opportunities, and community service learning projects. The communities in this competition must complete a rigorous application process.


Honolulu will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People,” and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.


This national recognition demonstrates our commitment to local young people. The award fosters local pride, bolsters economic development, and shines a spotlight on people and programs that are building better communities. The competition also facilitates the sharing of best practices among communities nationwide regarding education, access to health care, reading score improvement, youth service, and pre-school enrollment, among many other areas.


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Media contact:  Leinaala Nakamura, Department of Community Services, 768-5788