Kalamazoo Once Again Named One of 100 Best Communities for Young People
Kalamazoo, Michigan, September 20, 2010 – America’s Promise Alliance (APA) in cooperation with ING Foundation once again names Kalamazoo one of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Kalamazoo received this honor in 2007 and joins Greater Midland, MI as the only two cities in Michigan to receive the recognition. This announcement came on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 during a ceremony held on the National Mall in Washington DC.
APA recognizes communities, regardless of size, location or history that work across sectors and create strategies to help young people stay in school, graduate and prepare for the workforce. The City of Kalamazoo is being recognized for its tremendous collaborative community work with Kalamazoo’s education community to positively impact students in our area and create linkages for youth to opportunities that can significantly influence their future.
“Kalamazoo is a community that is truly committed to its young people,” said Commissioner Barbara Hamilton-Miller. “We have experienced tremendous success with programs that help support our young people since the inception of the Kalamazoo Promise. Companies and organizations are eager to join our efforts to help our youth become the best and the brightest in our State and Country.”
100 Best Communities for Young People recognizes extraordinary community-wide efforts to improve the well-being of youth through programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce. “Although, this award is important for our community, we must continue the work we do to support our youth and support the organizations that make it possible for our youth to succeed!” said Commissioner Miller.