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Longview named 1 of 100 best communities for young people

Released by America's Promise Alliance:
Competition Honors Cities, Counties and Towns Working to Decrease
High School Dropout Rates and Create Brighter Futures for Young People

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - In recognition of the innovative and effective work being done in communities across the nation to improve the lives of young people, America's Promise Alliance today announced its 2011 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING, including Longview.  Longview was named one of the nation's 100 Best for its innovative efforts to ensure young people in Dallas have all the resources they need to succeed. With more than 7,000 students dropping out each school day in the U.S., this year's competition looked closely at how communities are coming together to reduce dropout rates and prepare local youth for college and the 21st century workforce.

Longview, a two-time 100 Best winner, continues to make its young residents a priority. The city not only has abundant after-school programs, youth recreation activities and numerous volunteer opportunities, but Longview also allocates approximately 10 percent of its annual budget for community services that directly benefit its youth. Overall, the residents remain committed to helping their young people maneuver the challenges they face on the road to adulthood.
In its fifth cycle, the 100 Best competition looked for communities that engaged the entire community – from teachers, to parents to local businesses - to work together to help keep area youth in school, safe and healthy. This includes everything from academic assistance to anti-bullying efforts. More than 300 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were nominated for the honor. The winners, 29 of which were first-time recipients, hail from 39 states. Winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included some of the nation's most well-known civic, business and nonprofit leaders.
America's Promise Alliance was founded in 1997 following the President's Summit for America's Future with General Colin Powell as its founding chairman. The Alliance 's mission is to make children and youth a greater national priority and ensure more young people experience the Five Promises essential for a successful life. For more information about America's Promise Alliance and the 100 Best Communities for Young People 2011, visit www.americaspromise.org/100best
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