Clark County, Kentucky
- Community name: Clark County
- Community or city website
- Population: 35,613
- Graduation rate: 84.0%
- Youth poverty rate: 23.8%
Community leaders in Clark County are dedicated to increasing their communications regarding the availability of youth programs. Through ongoing collaboration, community leaders are increasing their publicity for youth programs. For example, the Family Resource & Youth Service Centers that helps eligible families sign up for the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program that provides a Backpack Program so children from low-income families have meals on the weekend. Such initiatives have garnered Clark County another year as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.
- The Superintendent's Student Council is made up of local students that meet monthly to learn leadership skills, network, influence district policies and participate in community service.
- The Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) teaches young people interested in drug and alcohol prevention to learn leadership skills and to participate and lead projects.
- The Partners In Education program, is a collaboration of community leaders that came together to address the drop-out problem.
- The School and Business Partnership is a collaboration between the Winchester and Clark County Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County Board of Education that work together to address the drop-out rate.
- The local Big Brothers/Big Sisters has a program that includes an in-school component to provide mentoring at two elementary schools.
- 21st Century Community Learning Center Advisory Council provides volunteers for you who need extra help and role models.
- The Clark County Health Department has a program for new and expectant families that provides in-home health education lessons. The Extension Office also has a home visiting program that provides supplemental budget and nutrition information to low-income families.
- Backpack Program, via the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, provides low-income families with meals on the weekend.
From organizing food drives, to hosting activities within the community, the involvement on behalf of the young people is unfathomable.
We have opportunities for kids to be in special groups. We are building a new high school. I am in one of these special groups; in fact I am on the superintendent's student council. We have excellent teachers in our schools.