On September 12, 2012, Cumming/Forsyth County
was once again honored by America’s
Promise Alliance, the nations’
largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, as one the 100 Best Communities for Young People
presented by ING. The competition,
now in its sixth cycle, rewards and recognizes communities making extraordinary
efforts to reduce high school dropout rates and providing outstanding services
and support for children and youth.
“We are proud and honored to have been
included on the list of 100 Best
Communities for Young People in the nation.
Cumming and Forsyth County demonstrates on many levels every day that we
are committed to making youth in this community a priority. We collaborate across all sectors including
businesses, faith communities, nonprofits, schools and government to ensure we
have all the supportive services necessary for children to be healthy, achieve
academically and succeed in life”, said Ruth Goode, executive director of
United Way of Forsyth County.
Goode worked with Judi Jenkins, the Forsyth
County School System’s business and community relations facilitator, to submit
written applications for the competition.
Both ladies hoped that the words they put to paper would be enough to
convince the very distinguished members of the national selection committee
that Forsyth is, once again a winning community.
Best Communities for Young People honors communities large and small,
rural, urban and suburban, that are making young people a priority and helping
them reach their potential, which includes earning a high school diploma,
securing a good job and playing an active, productive role in America’s
economic vitality. 100 Best is a signature initiative of America’s Promise Alliance
and is part of its Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of
dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end
the dropout crisis.
More than 7,000
students drop out each school day in the U.S., resulting in 1.3 million young
people a year. To help decrease these
numbers, the Alliance is more committed than ever to recognizing communities –
regardless of size, location or history – that are taking real action to help
more young people stay in school and graduate on time. The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the
national high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020, with no school graduating
fewer than 80% of its students on time.
Cumming/Forsyth County was selected for a
second time because of the support provided to youth through employment,
mentoring, leadership and bullying prevention programs. Both Goode and Jenkins
felt the community excelled in all 5 areas of the Promises – caring adults;
safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help
This year, the winners are a diverse group
from 42 different states, ranging from small communities like Lamoni, Iowa, to
large cities like New York City.
Overall, the state of Georgia had 3 winners – Houston County, Troupe
County and Forsyth.
Americas Promise Alliance was founded by General Colin Powell
and is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the
lives of children and youth.
For a complete list of the winners from the 100 Best Communities for Young People,