On January 24th 2008, after a year long competition, Alexandria was recognized as a “One Hundred Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance. The Alliance was founded in 1997 by General Colin Powell and is committed to children and the fundamental resources they need to succeed.
The Alliance is a catalyst for community-based efforts to demonstrate how children receive what are known as the 5 Promises:
A HEALTHY START
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP OTHERS
Alexandria’s commitment to creating partnerships and collaborations to address youth issues was sparked by the Early Childhood Commission and Youth Policy which, in turn, established an Early Childhood Development Plan and Asset Development Initiative.
The initiative created two funds to channel money into specific areas. The Children’s Fund has awarded more than $6.3 million to organizations to help provide quality childhood programs and services to at risk youth and the Youth Fund which has awarded nearly $1.6 million to youth programs that help build assets for youth. Among the initiatives are an array of programs and services in teen pregnancy prevention, juvenile delinquency, education, post-secondary education, mentoring and youth development.
More than 300 communities in all 50 states applied for the honor. The 100 winning communities span 37 states.
In offering his congratulations, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine noted, “The Commonwealth is fortunate to have such an honor bestowed upon one of its most vital cities. I commend the City of Alexandria for encouraging, educating and protecting the lives of youngsters.”
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