Charleston named a top 100 community for youth

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the fourth time in the past six years, Charleston has been named one of the 100 best communities for young people.

Charleston has been named to America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People list because of its "continued work to address the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow."

"Being named one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best for the fourth time is significant and meaningful to the entire community," said Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. "So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth has a positive effect on the entire community."

The national award is presented to communities that exemplify the America's Promise Alliance's Five Promises to youth. These promises include caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others.

According to a release, the Charleston Area Youth Master Plan has played a big role in bringing this honor back to the Lowcountry.

The Master Plan provides an outline to address the needs of young people, including dropout prevention, safe recreational activities, health and wellness, and effective youth development policy.

For being named to the 100 Best list, Charleston will receive a $2,500 grant that will be used to launch the Youth Philanthropy Grant project. The project will help youth in applying for mini-grants for community projects that address one of the Five Promises.

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