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January 23, 2007: America’s Promise Alliance Names the City of Coral Springs One of 100 Best Communities for Young People
In Partnership with Capital One, Competition Recognizes Outstanding, Innovative Efforts That Benefit Children and Youth January 23, 2006: America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth is pleased to announce that the City of Coral Springs is a winner of a national competition to identify the 100 Best Communities for Young People. In partnership with Capital One, the 100 Best competition honors communities – ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods across America – for their commitment to provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people. Hundreds of communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands took part in the competition. Coral Springs was selected for its work because the community provides youth leadership opportunities through the Student Advisory Council (SAC), a “junior commission” that meets to discuss issues affecting the entire community. Other city programs that distinguished Coral Springs include “Digital Divide”, which provides online access to disadvantaged young people; and our “Study Circles”, which allowed focus groups to discuss how youth can get more involved. “Nothing is more important than seeing that our children and youth have the resources and support systems they need to thrive and succeed,” said America’s Promise Founding Chairman General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.). “When a community provides all that its young people need to be healthy and secure, they deserve to be honored and showcased as an outstanding example of what it takes to successfully nurture this nation’s young people.” A complete list of winners can be found at 100 Best Communities for Young People was first launched in 2005 by General Powell in partnership with Capital One Financial Corporation. Other members of America’s Promise Alliance — including United Way of America, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Association of Counties and the American Association of School Administrators and many others — took leading roles in encouraging communities to compete in the 100 Best competition. Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook said he was extremely proud to be a repeat winner. “Our City remains extraordinarily committed to our youth and providing them with numerous opportunities for growth. As the Mayor, I am grateful to our employees and countless volunteers who contribute so much to our community’s future. As a father of five, there is nowhere else I would want to raise my children.” Commissioner Vince Boccard was also thrilled. “Coral Springs' dedication and commitment to the success of our youth is what has given us the honor of being one of the 100 Best.” The 2007 100 Best Communities for Young People competition opened in September 2006. The City of Coral Springs and the other winners applied for the honor and were chosen by a distinguished selection panel of civic, business and nonprofit leaders, including United Way of America President Brian Gallagher, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief and Moderator of Meet the Press Tim Russert, CEOs for Cities’ President and CEO Carol Coleta, and former Denver mayor Wellington Webb. The selection panel evaluated 100 Best entries that required detailed information about each community’s efforts to fulfill the Five Promises – the fundamental resources our children and youth need to succeed: 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. “We held this competition to appeal to America’s competitive spirit to encourage communities to become great places to grow up.” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, President and CEO of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. “Our winners’ outstanding efforts to deliver the Five Promises are shining examples of what it means to keep America’s<

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