Rock Hill, South Carolina
- Community name: Rock Hill
- Website: http://www.cityofrockhill.com/
- Population: 66,395
- Graduation rate: 74.1%
- Youth poverty rate: 23.7%
Fifth-time 100 Best winner Rock Hill continues to earn a spot on this list because of its longstanding dedication and focus to provide youth with community service, health programming and educational opportunities. Rock Hill engages the entire community in this work and keeps the needs of youth at the forefront of the community’s decision-making through the #1 Question Campaign. The campaign, which has been implemented by more than 20 local businesses, calls on community members to guide all of their decision making by asking “Is it good for the children?” The health and safety of area youth is addressed by York County All on Board, a county-wide effort to reduce alcohol use by minors with education and community events focused on increasing the awareness and impact of healthy choices for youth. Rock Hill also hosts the Youth Service League, which teaches young people the importance of community service. The program coordinates fundraisers, charitable donations and other volunteer projects.
- #1 Question Campaign is implemented to ensure communities are thinking of youth when making decisions by asking “Is it good for the children?”
- York County All on Board , originally known as York County Talks About Teen Drinking, is a county-wide effort to reduce the abuse of alcohol by minors by implementing education and community events focused on increasing the impact and awareness of healthy choices.
- Youth Service League coordinates community service, charitable donations, fundraising projects, and other volunteering programs for young people.
- Youth Council Grants Program awards grants of up to $500 for youth-led projects ranging from helping organizations with special needs to fun events for youth. Council members also receive training in grants applications.
- Renaissance Academy is a self-paced, non-traditional learning environment that serves the secondary students of the Rock Hill School District.
“It should be a necessary and urgent duty of all communities to provide programs and activities that encourage the youth to continue making goals and succeeding in these goals like Rock Hill has.”
“As a member of the Rock Hill Youth Council, I have had the opportunity to strengthen career oriented skills such as interviews, public speaking, community service, marketing and involvement with caring adults at many city offices.”