For the fifth consecutive year, Hanover County has been named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The national award was given to Hanover County to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.
America’s Promise said that Hanover “aims to ensure that all sectors are working together so youth have the resources they need to succeed. The county involves government, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, civic clubs and human service agencies in its Hanover’s Promise program which focuses on promoting and enhancing a collaborative community effort to support young people. Hanover County also ensures youth have a voice in major town decisions with input from the Superintendent's Youth Advisory Council, and Hanover Youth Perspective, a student-led organization that provides a youth point of view on county land issues.”
The press release from America’s Promise added, “To address community awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, Hanover Safe Place, offers services for victims, including emergency shelter, court advocacy, support groups and prevention programs. Hanover Cares aims to prevent youth substance abuse by encouraging parent-child conversation and community awareness.”
“Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful to all of us,” said Ed Via, Chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further shows how a focus on youth pays dividends to our entire community.” “It’s a real honor to be named one of America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for the fifth time,” said County Administrator Cecil R. Harris Jr. “We have long thought that Hanover is one of the best places to raise children and to be affirmed in this by America’s Promise is very important to us. I’d like to thank the efforts of everyone involved, including the school system, the Department of Community Resources and all of our citizens who have worked together to help us achieve this recognition.”
“As young people across the country go back to school, it is especially timely to recognize communities like Hanover County that have come together to make supporting young people a top priority and that are committed to helping young Americans reach their full potential,” said John Gomperts, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “The 100 Best winners are doing outstanding work delivering the Five Promises that create the conditions for all young people to have the best chance for success. We hope the example set by these communities provides inspiration for others to take action.”
Hanover 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 America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.
The 100 Best competition is part of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.
A list of all 2012 winners can be found at AmericasPromise.org/100Best