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Louisville Wins Youth Award for Second Year

Thursday January 25, 2007

Mayor: City named one of “100 Best Communities for Young People”

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that for the second consecutive year, Louisville has been named one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise – Youth Alliance.

America’s Promise is an organization launched by former Secretary of State Colin Powell to increase the health and success of young people from birth to 21 years of age.

One thousand cities from every state in the country completed applications, but only 100 communities were chosen for the prestigious award. Louisville and the other winners of the distinguished honor were chosen by a panel of judges including: NBC News journalist Tim Russert, the national president of United Way, and the president of Capital One Global Financial Services.

“It is quite an honor to be nationally recognized for our commitment to young people for the second straight year,” said Abramson. “Those of us who call Louisville home know it’s a great place to have kids and raise a family, but it’s always nice when other people take notice of the innovative things going on in our community.”

Louisville was selected, in part, for its partnerships with the Jefferson County Public Schools. Those programs include: Every 1 Reads, an initiative that has mobilized more than 6,000 volunteers to have all children reading at or above grade level by 2008; the LEEP program, which provides mentors to at-risk students; the $25 million GE College Bound grant for math and science; Kid Trax, a computer software system that gives after-school programs access to a database of students’ school records; and the youth job center - Y.O.U., Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Louisville’s application included programs provided by Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA, the Lincoln Foundation and Metro United Way’s Success By 6 campaign, which focuses on early childhood development issues.

Judges scored cities and applications on criteria regarding the community’s commitment to fulfill five essential promises critical to the well-being of young people: caring adults who are actively involved in their lives; safe places in which to learn and grow; a healthy start toward adulthood; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to help others.

Louisville received its award last night at a national celebration in Washington, D.C.

For more information about this award and a list of complete winners, visit http://www.americaspromise.org.