County in top 100 communities for youth

October 16, 2005

America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth has chosen Howard County as a winner of its first national competition to identify "100 Best Communities for Young People."

Winning communities, from small towns to urban neighborhoods, are being celebrated for their commitment to providing healthy, safe and caring environments for youth. Howard County was selected in part for its dedication to education and its collaboration with community programs for children and youth.

Entries were evaluated based on five "promises" deemed crucial to the well-being of young people: Caring adults who are actively involved in their lives; safe places in which to learn and grow; a healthy start toward adulthood; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to help others.

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, founding chairman of America's Promise, launched the competition in May. The America's Promise Alliance will honor the communities at a ceremony Nov. 2 in Washington. The celebration will be dedicated to the children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds will help pay for services and support for them.

Information: americasprom ise.org.

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