Community and government leaders joined together with Clark County Community Education Program officials Monday to celebrate Winchester and Clark County’s selection as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People and some of the area’s youth for their community service projects.
America’s Promise was started in 1997 by former Secretary of State Colin Powell to recognize communities that were working together on behalf of youth in their communities to address issues affecting young people.
Clark County was one of five Kentucky communities to receive the honor out of more than 350 communities across the country that applied.
Colleen Wilber, vice president of media relations for America’s Promise Alliance, said Winchester and Clark County won for a myriad of reasons.
“America’s Promise is all about bringing together the different sectors to work on behalf of young people, and you are a living example of that through your community education program, through the Clark County schools and Chamber of Commerce in helping keep children in schools,” said Wilber. “You’re helping bring more caring adults into the lives of young people through your mentoring programs, and you’re looking to make sure they stay safe … you’re paying attention to young people who are impacted by substance abuse to insure they are back on track and insuring they have all they need to be successful.”