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Cincinnati, Norwood named among Best Communities for Young People

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Cincinnati and Norwood have been named in the Top 100 Best Communities for Young People.

America's Promise Alliance released its list on Wednesday to recognize the innovative and effective work being done in communities across the nation to improve the lives of young people. 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.

According to America's Promise Alliance, these communities were named one of the nation's 100 Best for their innovative efforts to ensure young people in Cincinnati have all the resources they need to succeed.

Cincinnati made the list for the second time. The city's initiatives to support local youth have earned this community continual praise. To ensure the safety of young students, local residents along with the Board of Education, the Department of Transportation and the Cincinnati Police Department instituted the Safe Routes to School Initiative. On a daily basis, adult volunteers either walk with children to school or are stationed at specific locations throughout neighborhoods.

The city's Strive Partnership serves as a national model of aligning resources to raise graduation rates and support at-risk youth. In addition, to support youth that dropped out of school without earning a diploma or GED, the Connect2Success program provides these young people with access to a supportive school environment and the additional support systems they need in order to complete secondary education credentials and achieve gainful employment.

Norwood is also a two-time winner. The community continues to make young people a priority by developing initiatives to reduce the dropout rate, support youth activism and offer a range of educational programs. Over the past decade, the community has increased its graduation rate by 13 percent and has focused students on post-graduate goals by filling the high school walls with college banners, photos of alumni who went to college and posters about post-secondary studies and careers. 

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.

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