Chandler named one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance
2010 marks the fourth consecutive time the competition has recognized Chandler as one of the 100 Best communities that are taking action to help reduce local dropout rates and create brighter futures for their young people.
The efforts of Chandler civic and community leaders have been honored for four consecutive years by America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, ans one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People .
The 100 Best designation recognizes those communities that make youth a priority by implementing programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce. The competition is open to all communities that make children and youth a priority, including small towns, large cities, counties and school districts. In addition to enhancing local educational opportunities, most winning communities have taken steps to facilitate improved access to health care for its young people, encourage youth civic engagement and supply developmental resources that create better places for young people to live and grow.
In 2010, Chandler was named one of the nation’s 100 Best for making young people’s health and education community priorities. The City is dedicated to providing health services to all young people, ensuring they have a healthy start in life. Community partnerships have been essential in developing the Chandler Care Center, the Chandler Unified School District’s medical center that provides services to uninsured children and families. Several medical, dental and counseling professionals have donated their time and resources to Chandler Care Center allowing them to offer free immunizations, counseling, medical and dental services to community members throughout the city.
Chandler has made education a priority inside and outside the classroom. Chandler-Gilbert Community College has partnered with area high schools to provide service-learning programs that include community service and academic instruction to enhance student’s problem-solving and leadership skills. To encourage youth participation in local government, the city initiated the Mayor’s Youth Commission, giving students an opportunity to identify community issues and recommend solutions. To educate young people on the judicial process, Chandler’s Municipal Court dedicates one day a month to hold teen court allowing young people to hear and resolve juvenile disputes.
“Being named a 100 Best is further validation of our community-wide efforts to create a brighter future for our young people,” said Chandler Mayor Boyd W. Dunn. “I think all Chandler residents should be proud of this recognition, especially since this comes so soon after the other big honors we have received in the last three months; being named an All-America City and a Playful City USA.”
Mayor Dunn added, “We know that being named 100 Best does not mean we’re perfect, but it shows that we have community leaders, educators, faith leaders and neighbors working together to keep us moving in the right direction. We face our challenges head on and work to bring people and organizations together to find solutions that help our youth reach their full potential and live safe, healthy and productive lives.”
On Sept. 21, 2010, Chandler and the other winners spanning 37 states were recognized at a ceremony in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Each of the winning communities was formally recognized with a designation on a map of the U.S., illustrating the geographic and demographic diversity of the winning 100 communities.
“Through its innovative and far-reaching programs, Chandler is taking bold and effective steps to help their young people graduate and lead healthy, productive lives,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “Chandler serves as an example to inspire and educate other communities across the nation to tackle the challenges facing their city and children, and to implement initiatives that give them the essential resources they need to succeed in life.”
The entire list of 100 Best Communities for Young People and their accomplishments can be found at www.americaspromise.org/100Best.
About 100 Best
First held in 2005, 100 Best honors communities large and small, rural and urban, that are making progress to help young people achieve their potential, which includes earning a high school diploma, securing a good job, and playing an active, productive role in America’s economic vitality. This year, more than 350 communities in 50 states registered online for the 100 Best distinction at www.americaspromise.org/100best.
Being a 100 Best community not only demonstrates commitment to local young people; the award fosters local pride, bolsters economic development and shines the spotlight on the people and programs that are building better communities. The competition also facilitates the sharing of best practices among communities nationwide regarding education, access to health care, reading score improvement, youth service and pre-school enrollment, among many other areas.
About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Through the collective power of our partner network, we raise awareness, support communities and engage in nonpartisan advocacy to ensure that young people receive more of the fundamental resources they need to graduate high school prepared for college, work and life. Building on the legacy of our Founding Chairman General Colin Powell, the Alliance believes the success of our young people is grounded in the Five Promises—caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others. For more information about America’s Promise Alliance, visit www.americaspromise.org.