Alexandria Ranked 100 Best Communities for Young People

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Cited for its government led collaborative efforts with schools and cross sector organizations, Alexandria was named one of America's Best Communities for Young People for a third time by America's Promise Alliance, an organization focused improving lives and changing outcomes for children founded by General Colin Powell.

The 100 Best competition is part of the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign, a 10-year initiative to mobilize all Americans to end the dropout crisis. This year, more than 350 communities in all 50 states and Washington, DC, were nominated for the 100 Best competition. They were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included some of the nation’s most well-known civic, business and nonprofit leaders.

According to John Arundel in a recent LocalKicks' article, the selection committee was influenced by Alexandria's efforts to realign services targeting youth and their families. Not to mention the fact that Alexandria spent over a third of its budget on services and initiatives for children in In Fiscal Year 2011.

"In Alexandria, there are 14 boards, commissions and advisory committees charged with youth well-being," Alliance CEO Marguerite Kondracke said. "That impressed us."

The 2010 winners were highlighted at a ceremony in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC, attended by Mayor Euille and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8).

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