Meridian, a five-time 100 Best winner, continues to bring together the entire community in cross-sector collaborations that make youth a priority. Through the Meridian’s Promise initiative, local businesses, nonprofits, government and schools work together to ensure youth are accepted, connected and respected. Some of the initiatives formed under Meridian’s Promise include a fun run; family fishing day; and job, volunteer and health fairs. Meridian has also implemented statewide programs that help youth succeed academically, including the Idaho Digital Learning Academy and Idaho Go On. The Digital Learning Academy is a state-sponsored, accredited, online school that provides students with greater access to a variety of courses, and the Idaho Go On campaign encourages young people to enroll in college or a professional training program after they graduate.
- The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council offers youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects, serve as members of various city commissions, committees, and focus groups, and provide the Mayor information from a unique perspective.
Meridian’s Promise aims to make a community where youth are accepted, connected and respected by following the Five Promises set out by America’s Promise Alliance.
- Meridian uses the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a state-sponsored, accredited, online school, to provide students with greater access to a variety of courses through e-learning.
- Many businesses in Meridian are participating in the Idaho Go On campaign, which educates young people about post-graduation options.
- The Youth Work Life Skills program offers paid and unpaid internships and work programs to local high school students to give them opportunities to learn how to interview and build their resumes.
“When I meet Meridian’s adults, they are always interested in hearing what my goals are and how I plan to reach them.”
“After participating in these service organizations, I can now fully appreciate those who live here and the sacrifices community leaders make to show me that I can make a difference.”