Dis­trict named one of ‘100 Best Com­mu­ni­ties for Young Peo­ple’

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

Staff Re­ports

COrNCIL oOCh - The Coun­cil oock school community has been named one of the 100 Best Com­mu­ni­ties for voung Peo­ple by Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance.

The na­tional award, pre­sented by ING, hon­ors com­mu­ni­ties for mak­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts to re­duce dropout rates and pro­vide out­stand­ing ser­vices and sup­port to their youth.

Coun­cil oock was cho­sen based on a grant ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by the Coun­cil oock Coali­tion for Healthy vouth (CoCHv) and in­cludes a $2,500 grant to continue the dis­trict’s work in help­ing the youth of Coun­cil oock.

“The Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance’s 100 Best Com­mu­ni­ties for vouth Award is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort and ac­knowl­edge­ment of the many peo­ple - students, teach­ers, par­ents and vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions - in our Co community who con­trib­ute to the suc­cess of our students. We are hon­ored to be part of this amaz­ing award,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark hlein.

Coun­cil oock is one of three Penn­syl­va­nia school dis­tricts se­lected to re­ceive the award. Also mak­ing the list are Abing­ton and In­di­ana County.

Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance sin­gles out Coun­cil oock for cre­at­ing more than 20 pro­grams that ad­dress the aca­demic and so­cial needs of chil­dren in the community, in­clud­ing CoCHv, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to re­duce risky be­hav­iors.

For ini­tia­tives such as Project Sticker Shock, CoCHv students placed la­bels on beer cases at beer dis­trib­u­tors to warn cus­tomers that it is un­law­ful to buy or serve mi­nors. To de­ter drug abuse, CoCHv placed med­i­ca­tion col­lec­tion boxes in po­lice sta­tions; pro­vided ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als at lo­cal health fairs and ex­pos; and col­lab­o­rated with lo­cal col­leges on sep­a­rate cam­paigns on the dan­gers of smok­ing, gam­bling, and tex­ting while driv­ing.

“Be­ing named one of Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance’s 100 Best is sig­nif­i­cant and mean­ing­ful to the en­tire community. So many ded­i­cated peo­ple and pro­grams con­trib­uted to this win and it fur­ther re­in­forces our be­lief that a fo- cus on youth pays div­i­dends to the en­tire community,” said Francine Block, pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil oock Coali­tion for Healthy vouth.

The honor also rec­og­nizes Coun­cil oock pro­grams that give chil­dren a healthy start.

The Child, Home and Community (CHC) or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides sup­port to teen par­ents and their in­fants through pre­na­tal care, ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer coun­sel­ing. CHS’s goal is to en­sure that 100 per­cent of the moth­ers who visit them re­ceive pre­na­tal care, and as a re­sult just 3 per­cent of moth­ers in the pro­gram ex­pe­ri­enced pre­ma­ture births or low-weight ba­bies. A team of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the CoCHv and Coun­cil oock at­tended an awards cer­e­mony on Sept. 12 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to ac­cept the honor.

“The 100 Best win­ners show­case a wide range of suc­cess­ful multi-sec­tor ap­proaches to im­prov­ing the lives of youth,” said John Gom­perts, Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance pres­i­dent and CEO. “oead­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions, we saw pow­er­ful themes emerge from win­ning com­mu­ni­ties, such as youth lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, ca­reer ready­ing ini­tia­tives, safe and pro­duc­tive venues for out-of-school time, anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paigns and men­tor­ing pro­grams to help in­crease high school grad­u­a­tion rates. Col­lec­tively, the win­ning com­mu­ni­ties sur­passed the na­tional grad­u­a­tion rate and have set an ex­am­ple for other com­mu­ni­ties to fol­low.”

Now in its sixth year, the com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­enced its great­est in­ter­est to-date, with nom­i­na­tions from more than 320 com­mu­ni­ties rep­re­sent­ing all 50 states, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the r.S. sir­gin Is­lands and Puerto oico. Nine­teen com­mu­ni­ties are now six-time win­ners and 18 com­mu­ni­ties won for their first time.

Amer­ica’s Prom­ise Al­liance is the na­tion’s largest part­ner­ship ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of chil­dren and youth. It brings to­gether more than 400 na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing non­prof­its, busi­nesses, com­mu­ni­ties, ed­u­ca­tors and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

Mem­bers of the Coun­cil Rock Coali­tion for Healthy Youth raise aware­ness dur­ing the re­cent Northamp­ton Days Parade.

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