Coral Springs, FL— America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance), the nation’s largest alliance dedicated to children and youth, in partnership with Capital One, today announced that Coral Springs has once again been named a winner of its 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best) competition. The 100 Best 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.
Coral Springs was named one of the 100 Best for the third year in a row in large part because of the city’s Youth Services Committee (YSC). Formed in 2004, the YSC works to increase opportunities for its young people. The Coral Springs Youth Services Coordinator and Youth Services Committee pull together community stakeholders from public/private organizations, and local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and local government to empower youth to pursue city leadership opportunities and develop solutions to youth problems. The Family Success Center is a City/County partnership that provides underserved families with human services like child/family therapy, financial assistance resources, job search training for teens, and referrals to social services.
“The prosperity of every community and this country depends on how well we care for our children and youth,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance, “Although no place is perfect, when we have communities that make young people a priority and are working to make sure they stay in school and have all the resources necessary to lead healthy, productive lives, we must recognize them and by extension inspire other cities and towns to follow their lead.”
"At Capital One, we are committed to building stronger communities, one neighborhood at a time,” said Carolyn Berkowitz, Vice President of Community Affairs for Capital One. "That’s why we’re proud to partner with the Alliance on the 100 Best competition to recognize the tremendous work in communities across the country to create environments where children and families have boundless opportunities as well as the support systems necessary to champion their growth and encourage their success.”
The 100 Best competition was first held in 2005. This year’s winners were selected by a distinguished panel that included some of the nation’s most well-known civic, business and nonprofit leaders such as: Gayle Manchin, first lady of West Virginia, United Way President Brian Gallagher, former Mayor of Denver and President of Webb Group International, Wellington Webb, Thomas Donohue, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Carol Coletta, president and CEO, CEOs for Cities, Christine James-Brown, president and CEO, the Child Welfare League of America, and Dr. Suzanne Morse, executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.
“As a father of five and Mayor of such a great community, I am very proud of the distinction that America's Promise has bestowed upon us,” Mayor Scott Brook said.
“We our honored and excited to be named one of the 100 best places for young people for the third year in a row,” Commissioner Roy Gold added.
The City holds its youth in high regard and focuses one of its seven Strategic Priorities on Youth Development and Family Values.
“This distinction just further proves that Coral Springs is the right place to live, work, and rai