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Boys Town is Nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People

Boys Town announced today it has been named a winner of Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People competition presented by ING. The honor was announced by America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children. Boys Town’s 2010 recognition marks the fourth win for Boys Town in the competition.



The 100 Best designation recognizes those communities that make youth a priority by implementing programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce. The competition is open to all communities that make children and youth a priority, including small towns, large cities, counties and school districts.

“Boys Town is honored to win the 100 Best Communities award for the fourth year,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive Director. “Evidence based research shows our programs make a difference in the lives of children and their families served within the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Care. It is rewarding to be recognized for those successes.”

Boys Town was named one of the nation’s 100 Best because of the focus on healthy youth development. Boys Town was founded in 1917 to rehabilitate at-risk young people, and as a four-time 100 Best community, continues to be a nurturing town committed to fulfilling this mission.

“Through its innovative and far-reaching programs, Boys Town is taking bold and effective steps to help their young people graduate and lead healthy, productive lives,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “Boys Town serves as an example to inspire and educate other communities across the nation to tackle the challenges facing their city and children, and to implement initiatives that give them the essential resources they need to succeed in life.”

Boys Town shares this great honor with Omaha and other winners spanning 37 states. All were recognized at a ceremony in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Alliance Chair Alma Powell and President and CEO Marguerite W. Kondracke revealed the list of winners during the national celebration.

The competition is one element of the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign, a 10-year initiative to mobilize all Americans to take action in their communities to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.

The entire 2010 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People and their accomplishments can be found at www.americaspromise.org/100Best.

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