Floyd County, Indiana
- Community name: Floyd County
- Community or city website
- Population: 71,775
- Graduation rate: 86.8%
- Youth poverty rate: 13.1%
First-time 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, Floyd County, has many programs that demonstrate their concern for youth. To support 309 students that speak 34 different languages, Floyd County boasts a dynamic English as a Second Language (ESL) program, where all students met the Adequate Yearly Progress requirements. Dedicated to early literacy, Floyd County also offers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to local families, which gives children a free book each month. To ensure local youth all have a healthy start and to prevent child hunger, the Blessings in a Backpack program provides backpacks filled with ready-to-eat and healthy food children can prepare or open themselves.
- Hispanic Ministries offers family support through connection to health and emergency assistance funds, provides legal assistance in gaining citizenship, and connects families to local youth organizations.
- The local Brandon’s House provides nearly 1,200 hours of free counseling services for teens.
- Indiana University Southeast School of Business, New Albany Urban Enterprise Zone and the YMCA of Southern Indiana sponsor a Youth/Adult Mentor Entrepreneur Program with a goal of stimulating young entrepreneurs and helping them develop business sense.
- Jammin’ with Jamey helps local children develop an interest in jazz as well as build awareness in what it takes to make a career in music.
- Healthy Families , serves 156 families through a voluntary parent support program designed to assist families who are expecting, or have just had a baby, adjust to parenthood.
My community has provided me with the right opportunities and experiences that I need to prepare now. We are encouraged and expected to participate in many community service projects in our classes. As a non-profit creator, my school and community has been my platform to accomplish many awesome things.
I can name dozens of adults and leaders who have gone out of their way to make sure I have the tools I need to be successful. Because my mentors are so enthusiastic about giving to me and my peers, they have ignited a flame in the youth of Floyd County to be innovative in our role in the community. We have been given so much power to enable positive change, be it through volunteering at shelters, awarding grants to deserving youth led service projects, or speaking out against drug and alcohol abuse in our schools.