Lubbock, Texas

  • Community name:  Lubbock
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  • Population:  280,237
  • Graduation rate:  85.0%
  • Youth poverty rate:  27.9%


Lubbock, a second-time 100 Best winner, was again honored for its work to ensure youth grow up in a safe, supportive and healthy environment. The city is only one of six in the state to receive a Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI) grant, which uses a comprehensive evidence-based youth development approach to increase healthy behaviors among young people. Lubbock also supports youth success by emphasizing education and mentoring. Expectation Graduation works to improve graduation rates by reaching out to dropouts directly to encourage them to re-enroll in school. The 100 Black Men of West Texas focus on ways to empower young people through mentoring, education and leadership development. The group also supports youth with more than $20,000 in scholarship funding. They also hold the Fishing Derby, an annual event that attracts up to 1,000 area youth and pairs them with responsible mentors to participate in a day of fishing and outdoor activities.

Community Programs

  • The Lubbock Area United Way represents more than 23 youth-serving agencies and engages local major businesses to examine the urgent needs of the community and partner to educate residents and develop solutions for improving lives.
  • Expectation Graduation is an organization of caring adults committed to connecting with youth and getting them back to school to graduate. Adults take organized walks in the community looking for youth dropouts and work to help re-enroll them in school.
  • The Voices Coalition is an organization that offers city-wide events to celebrate healthy choices and a drug-free lifestyle.
  • The Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI) uses a comprehensive, evidence-based youth development approach to increasing healthy behaviors and decision-making among Texas adolescents by promoting the development of confidence, competence, connectedness, character and contribution.
  • 100 Black Men of West Texas works to improve the quality of life for all residents with an emphasis on empowering African-American youth through mentoring, education, economic development, health and wellness programs, and leadership development.
  • BCFS is a global nonprofit provider of transition centers that offer case management, counseling, shelter and life skills training to at-risk young adults. BCFS partners with the Work Force Center to help youth become independent and law-abiding adults.

Youth Voices

“I feel very lucky to live in Lubbock where everyone supports education, helps people that need jobs or food, and provides programs that help kids prepare for their future.”


“I have never felt so at home and comfortable in a new place than here in Lubbock’s community.”