Alexander, Frist Applaud Campaign to Identify the "100 Best Communities for Young People"

Senators encourage Tennessee communities to apply for national recognition

Posted on June 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded a new national competition to identify the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Local leaders from across the country have until Friday, July 29 to apply for this award created by America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, the nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by General Colin L. Powell. “100 Best Communities for Young People” will identify communities that deliver healthy, safe and caring environments that effectively educate young people and help them become productive citizens. “Where we live and work shapes our lives in complex ways and is one of the most challenging decisions we make,” said Frist. “As our nation’s young people move from the classroom to the work force, they need help identifying communities that meet their needs and provide a high quality of life. Senator Alexander and I are confident that Tennessee’s communities more than qualify as outstanding places for young people to grow and sink their roots. We encourage community leaders from across Tennessee to compete in this prestigious competition that will not only select the very best places to live, but will also promote the mentoring of young professionals around the country.” “The goals of America’s Promise to educate young people in a caring, safe environment and to help them become productive citizens are important for Tennessee families,” said Alexander. “Senator Frist and I want cities and towns across the state to take advantage of this opportunity and seek national recognition for what I already know to be true: Tennessee is a wonderful place to grow up and to raise a family.” Applications will be evaluated by a panel of civic, business and nonprofit leaders based on criteria related to America’s Promise’s five essential promises to young people: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. Communities named to the “100 Best” list will be recognized at a gala celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2005. Communities can learn more about the competition at www.americaspromise.org or by calling toll-free at 1-800-365-0153. America’s Promise is a broad-based alliance that works to ensure that all young people can realize their full potential. It grew out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997, where Presidents Bush, Carter, Clinton and Ford, with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan, challenged the country to make children and youth a national priority. President George W. Bush affirmed his commitment in 2001. Among the founding partners are the Corporation for National and Community Service, Points of Light Foundation, The United Way of America, Communities in Schools and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. Alma J. Powell currently serves as chair.