Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Holds 100 Best Communities for Young People National Forum in Washington, D.C.

Education Leaders and Youth Advocates Join Political Commentators, Alliance Staff and Partners to Address Issues Impacting the Nation’s Young People

LEXANDRIA, VA—The America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance) today announced it will hold its 100 Best Communities for Young People National Forum October 10-11 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC.  The annual Forum will include representatives from all of the 2007 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best). 100 Best are cities and towns that the Alliance, along with its partner Capital One, have identified as the best places for young people to live and grow up. Several hundred people are expected to be in attendance, including Alliance Chair Alma Powell.  

“The National Forum is the Alliance’s one opportunity to bring together all the 100 Best communities and honor them collectively for their outstanding work,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance.  “There is no better place than our nation’s Capitol to gather these tireless advocates and provide them an opportunity to exchange ideas with one another and hear from some of the nation’s leaders on issues impacting children so they may go back home reenergized to continue their good work.”

During the two-day Forum, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Alliance leadership on its new five-year campaign to improve the lives of 15 million disadvantaged young people with an emphasis on increasing high school completion rates. They will participate in educational sessions and workshops on:  the importance of public policy, funding resources and supports for parents and caregivers, preparing kids for college and the workforce, and successful strategies for working with at-risk young people such as those in foster care, the juvenile justice system or who have an incarcerated parent. Many of these sessions will highlight some of the innovative and successful programs underway in 100 Best communities.

During the second day, attendees will hear from leading political commentators and authors, including Morton Kondracke, of Roll Call newspaper and the Fox News Channel’s “Beltway Boys;” Fred Barnes, of The Weekly Standard and the “Beltway Boys;” and Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and PBS’s “The McLaughlin Group;” on what the 2008 political landscape holds for children. The Forum’s closing keynote speaker will be Dr. Milton Goldberg, renowned education policy expert and co-author of the 1983 watershed report on the American education system “A Nation at Risk.” Finally, the Alliance’s Founding Chairman General Colin L. Powell and NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief and Moderator of Meet the Press Tim Russert will join the winning communities at an evening reception where Grammy award winning singer Amy Grant will perform.

A copy of the full National Forum day agenda is included below.

First held in 2005, 100 Best is an annual competition held by the Alliance to recognize the outstanding efforts of cities and towns—large and small, rural and urban—to make young people a top priority. To learn more about the national search for the 100 Best Communities for Young People visit: our 100 Best Communities section.

About the America’s Promise Alliance

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s leader in forging a strong and effective partnership alliance comprised of corporations, nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy and faith groups committed to ensuring that children receive the fundamental resources - the Five Promises – they need to lead successful, healthy and productive lives and build a stronger society. Building on the legacy of our founder General Colin Powell, the Alliance believes the success of our children is grounded in experiencing the Five Promises - caring adults; safe place; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others - at home, in school and in the community. For more information on America’s Promise Alliance visit: