Jackson named one of America's 100 Best Communities for Young People | Community Spirit
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - For a second year, Jackson has been named one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People. The national award was officially announced Wednesday.
Jackson was recognized for programs that support youth education, healthy living and community involvement, according to the America's Promise Alliance.
Those programs include the Jackson Promise Coalition, led by the United Way, and the reading initiative One Jackson, Many Readers, which is a partnership between Jackson Public Schools, the City of Jackson, United Way and the Jackson-Hinds Library System.
"Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community," said Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. "We are so pleased to receive this honor for two consecutive years. So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community."
Jackson will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People and access to the America's Promise Alliance's community development resources, according to the city.
Communities went through a rigorous application process to be considered for this award. More than 320 communities across all 50 states were nominated.
For a list of all the 2012 competition winners and more information, visit the America's Promise Alliance website.
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