Americas Promise: 100 Best Communities for Young People
America's Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING has recognized Chesterfield County for its initiatives to help young people. This was the county's fifth time being recognized since the program began in 2005. This national competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youths.
"Chesterfield County is especially deserving of this recognition due to their efforts to ensure that their young people graduate high school and go on to lead healthy, productive lives," said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America's Promise Alliance president and CEO.
Just a few of the many initiatives recognized were:
- The Communities In Schools program, with more than 400 mentors, tutors, lunch buddies and classroom helpers, volunteered nearly 5,000 hours to deliver education, health and social support services to promote academic achievement and help students graduate.
- The Chesterfield County Youth Services Citizen Board provides young leaders with the opportunity to have a voice regarding youth-related issues by planning programs and offering policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
- Each year, thanks to a partnership with the Virginia Dental Association, the Southside Dental Society and Communities In Schools, nearly 150 students in need receive dental screenings and follow-up treatments free of charge.
Chesterfield County 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.
For more information about America's Promise Alliance, visit www.americaspromise.org.