On January 24, 2008, the City of Alexandria received the distinction of being named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance. The competition recognizes the 100 outstanding communities across America—large and small, rural, and urban—that are the best places for young people to live and grow up. More than 300 communities in all 50 states applied for the honor this year. The 100 winning communities span 37 states.
Alexandria’s commitment to creating partnerships and collaborations to address youth issues is evidenced by its Early Childhood Commission and Youth Policy Commission, which implements, funds, and monitors the City’s Early Childhood Development Plan and Asset Development Initiative, respectively. Through this work, two funds were created: the Children’s Fund, which has awarded more than $6.3 million to organizations to help provide quality childhood programs and services to at-risk children; and the Youth Fund, which has awarded nearly $1.6 million to youth programs that build assets in youth . The City’s support for its children and youth encompasses a comprehensive array of programs and services in areas such as teen pregnancy prevention, juvenile delinquency, education, post-secondary education, mentoring, and youth development.
The America’s Promise Alliance provides a catalyst for community-based efforts to demonstrate how children receive the Five Promises—caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others. Building on the legacy of the Alliance founder General Colin Powell, the organization is the leader in forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to children and the fundamental resources they need to succeed. Mayor William D. Euille accepted the award for the City tonight at The University Club in Washington, DC.
"We are grateful and happy to receive this award,” said Mayor Euille. “It acknowledges and validates the wise investments we have made in our young people—who are the City’s future."
Video Congratulations from Alma Powell, America's Promise Alliance Chair Congratulations from Gov. Timothy M. Kaine