Long Beach Among Top U.S. Cities for Youth

Long Beach was recently named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States by America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. The 100 Best list showcases cities and communities across the country that tackle challenges and demonstrate innovative efforts to deliver five promises that young people need to succeed – caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. More than 750 communities nationwide entered the 2007 competition. "Nothing is more important than seeing that our children and youth have the resources and support systems they need to thrive and succeed," said America’s Promise Founding Chairman General Colin L. Powell. "When a community provides all that its young people need to be healthy and secure, they deserve to be honored and showcased as an outstanding example of what it takes to successfully nurture this nation’s youth." 100 Best Communities for Young People was first launched in 2005 by General Powell, in partnership with Capital One Financial Corporation. Other partners in the America’s Promise Alliance — including United Way of America, U.S. Conference of Mayors, YMCA of the USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Association of Counties and many others — took leading roles in encouraging communities to compete in the 2007 contest. The 100 Best competition salutes what’s good about America – people coming together to tackle challenges and build strong communities that nurture children. It is a proven fact that when communities come together and keep the Five Promises to young people, children lead more productive, happier and healthier lives. Youth who benefit from the five promises perform better in school and are more likely to pursue a higher education.