- Community name: Hudson
- Community or city website
- Population: 22,262
- Graduation rate: 95.9%
- Youth poverty rate: 4.5%
Hudson is being recognized for the second year in a row as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People because of its dedication to supporting youth through programs that encourage leadership, resilience and service. The Coalition for Children’s Mental Health organizes events and programs to increase awareness of mental health needs, and collaborates with the Community First initiative and the Hudson City School District to implement the “Building a Community of Resilient Youth” program. The program’s focus is to provide Hudson’s young residents with skills that will give them the ability to adapt to adversity. Additionally, Hudson High School offers a service-learning course that provides an opportunity for students to develop and implement local service projects which support their community and provide real world experience to complement their academics. Hudson’s service-learning class has been recognized as a model for other school districts by the Ohio Department of Education.
- The Community First initiative offers programs to promote positive youth development; the youth board advises on all programming and partners with other community organizations.
- The Coalition for Children’s Mental Health offers events and programs for Hudson youth to increase awareness of mental health needs.
- Hudson High School offers a service learning class that offer students the opportunity to initiate community service projects.
- Hudson Middle School has a 4kids leadership group that involves mentoring by professionals and an opportunity to create service-related projects for the school and community.
- The Jr. Leadership Hudson was created by community businesses and provides training in a variety of leadership avenues.
- Community First , Coalition for Children’s Mental Health and the Hudson City School District collaborated to implement the “Building a Community of Resilient Youth” initiative, which helps youth adapt to adversity.
- The high school has partnered with two local hospitals and university to allow students to complete summer internships and work alongside doctorial fellows in research projects; the high school also allows students to earn high school credit through experiences or testing out of classes.
- The Service Learning course at Hudson High School allows students to participate in the community and volunteer both locally and at state and national levels.
Whenever I participated in clubs and through community efforts for fundraising, I have always felt like I was helping the community become a better, more enjoyable place to live.
As a senior at Hudson High School, I can honestly say that nearly every teacher I’ve had has helped motivate me to be successful, and as a result, I am attending American University next fall.