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What is the 100 Best Communities competition?

The 100 Best Communities for Young People is a competition that rewards and recognizes communities making extraordinary efforts to reduce dropout rates and provide outstanding services and supports to their youth. These communities, while not without their own challenges to overcome, have demonstrated a significant and lasting commitment to their youth for which they deserve to be recognized and commended.

The 100 Best Communities are intended to be representative of the nation as a whole. Each year, the winners vary dramatically in size, location, demographics, resources, and approaches to their unique challenges. Past winners have ranged from small towns, such as a mobile home community in Minnesota; to some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York City, Chicago and Houston; to counties and school districts.

All communities dedicated to making youth a priority and ensuring that all youth have access to outstanding education and support services are encouraged to apply for this recognition. Our decision is not based on a community’s wealth or resources, and no specific approach to addressing the dropout crisis is given preference. Every application is assessed by America’s Promise Alliance staff and the winners are chosen from a group of finalists by a blue-ribbon panel of national leaders on youth issues.

The 100 Best Communities application is rigorous, and requires knowledge about your community’s programs, services and policies. The application is often completed by a group of individuals, with representation from local government, schools, youth-serving organizations, businesses and other relevant sectors of the community. Young people are also often involved.

This program recognizes communities, which we define as geographic areas with defined borders and resident populations for which reliable demographic data is available. This could include cities, towns, counties, and school districts. Individual organizations or schools are not eligible for recognition.