Cincinnati and Norwood Ranked in the Top 100 Communities for Youth   

According to research done by the Promise Alliance and the investment firm, ING, Cincinnati and Norwood have achieved national recognition as two of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.  The award is part of a 10-year, collaborative effort, initiative to end the high school drop-out crisis, thus creating a healthy, 21st century workforce.

Promise Alliance bases its work on fulfilling the five Promises...that all children should be entitled to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunity to help others. Children who experience 4 out of 5 of these, tend to succeed academically, socially and civically.

Efforts that they have sponsored locally include the Safe Routes to School Initiative.  The Cincinnati Police, Schools, Department of Transportation and local residents worked collaboratively on that project.  Other organizations involved include Bethany House, Dress for Success, Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, ArtWorks, ArtsWave, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and Bridging the Gap.

Cincinnati's Strive Partnership has become a national model for aligning resources throughout the community to focus on efforts to raise graduation rates.  Congrats to both communities.