- Community name: Alexandria
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- Population: 139,966
- Graduation rate: 69.1%
- Youth poverty rate: 10.8%
Alexandria, a 100 Best winner for the fourth time, continues to help young people succeed with its comprehensive programs that address issues in education, gang violence and after-school programs. Alexandria has a Gang Prevention Community Task Force that educates the community about gang suppression, prevention and intervention. The T.C. Williams High School Vision and Action Committee, comprising parents, teachers, community representatives and students, developed a plan to improve student performance. A part of the plan includes Individualized Achievement Plans, which help students perform at higher levels in math and English. To better align all programs serving youth, the new Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission develops and advocates for integrated city-funded programs.
Alexandria also has a Child Thrive! program which seeks to enhance the well-being of children through programs that help parents find employment, get domestic violence counseling and sign up for public assistance. Alexandria residents also have an opportunity to invest in the future of their youth with the Child $ave! program. Families, citizens and businesses can contribute to Children’s Development Accounts for youth that reside at Brent Place, an apartment complex in Alexandria. These young people can access their accounts when they turn 18 to use for post-secondary education, purchasing a home or starting a business.
- The Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission is a 23-member committee comprised of community members, high school students and Alexandria County Public School members that work together to advocate for, develop and integrate City-funded youth programs.
- The Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force is a group of community representatives and youth that informs and educates the community about gang suppression, prevention and intervention.
- Child Thrive! seeks to enhance the well-being of children and families through collaborations that help parents find employment, get domestic violence counseling, sign up for public assistance and study for citizenship, while also offering additional educational support and recreational activities for Alexandria children.
- Child $ave! encourages families , citizens and businesses to contribute to Children’s Development Accounts for youth that reside at Brent Place. The accounts setup up when they are younger can be withdrawn at age 18 for post-secondary education, purchasing a home or starting a business.
- The Minority Male Mentoring Partnership, along with Alfred Street Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Churches and the Northern Virginia Urban League help provide youth with mentors, internships and summer jobs.
- The T.C. Williams High School Vision and Action Committee (composed of staff, parents, community representatives and students) developed an action plan to improve student performance. Student Individualized Achievement Plans and Professional Learning Plans help with data collection and analysis to assess performance.
I practice rock climbing at Sportrock. Some friends and I are even in the process of reopening the Alexandria chapter of Food Not Bombs. There are countless programs that nurture young people's individual and collective growth.
The YAG is a group of teens that deals with problems regarding teen’s lives and health. I’m part of this group which constantly meets to discuss different issues and to work on campaigns such as Teen Pregnancy Prevention, STD prevention, and encouraging people to get tested.