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Dubuque again in top 100 communities for young people


Dubuque received a national nod as one of America's Promise Alliance's "100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING" for the city's initiatives to help young people.

The competition highlights communities nationwide that work to reduce the high school dropout rates and provide services to support young people.

This is the fourth time Dubuque has received this particular recognition, according to a media release from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Dubuque's programs for young people include Every Child/Every Promise (ECEP).

The media release calls it, "an initiative that strengthens the community's ability to deliver key resources to area youth to ensure success in both youth and adulthood. Through ECEP, community leaders and individual citizens are collaborating to address and identify needs and gaps in data collection and analysis with tools like the Youth Master Plan and the upcoming Youth Indicator Report. ECEP task teams are also focusing on areas like out-of-school programming and transportation. A partnership between ECEP and the East Central Intergovernmental Association revitalized the Free Way to Fun City program, allowing more than 500 young people free and easy access to the Jule this past summer. Meanwhile, students at Jefferson and Washington Middle Schools are currently enjoying more than 25 after-school activities through the Leadership Enrichment After-school Programs (LEAP), through another partnership between Dubuque Community Schools, nonprofit service providers, and ECEP."

Another initiative is the Dubuque Community Y's Dare to Be King program, which, "helps local, young African-American males facing challenges connect with role models in the community," the media release said.

Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS) is the youth board of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and "is dedicated to using volunteerism, philanthropy and grant-making to address the needs of youth in the community," according to the release.

"We are proud of Dubuque for being named one of the America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best," president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Nancy Van Milligen wrote in the release. "This award recognizes the hard work of many community members that have dedicated their time to making a difference in the lives of our young people."

Every Child/Every Promise coordinator Nicole Johnson said, "Winning the 100 Best award four times says a lot about Dubuque's dedication to measuring and evaluating our progress. By engaging with tools like the Youth Master Plan and the upcoming Youth Indicator Report, our community can continue to improve and ensure the success of our young people."

As part of the recognition, Dubuque will receive a $2,500 grant, signs identifying the community as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People and access to America's Promise Alliance's community development resources.

According to the release, "First held in 2005, the 100 Best competition is one of the Alliance's signature initiatives and is part of its Grad Nation campaign, which is a 10-year initiative to mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. The 100 Best honors communities large and small, rural and urban, that are making progress to help young people achieve their potential, which includes earning a high school diploma, securing a good job, and playing an active, productive role in America's economic vitality."

Dubuque was chosen this year from a pool of more than 300 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

A list of all 2011 winners can be found at www.americaspromise.org/100best.

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