FAIRFIELD — It’s an honor for Solano County that’s almost routine.
America’s Promise Alliance has, for the sixth consecutive year, named Solano County among its 100 Best Communities for Young People. No other California community has such a streak. Only 19 communities have nationwide.
In fact, Solano County couldn’t do any better. It is a charter member of the 100 Best Communities list, having gotten the honor every time it has been available — 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and now 2012.
“Being named one of the 100 best is significant and meaningful to the entire Solano County community,” county Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Linda Seifert said in a press release.
She called it a tribute to the county’s dedicated people and youth programs. She said the community has an unwavering belief that focusing on youth benefits the entire community.
Eight California communities made the America’s Promise Alliance list this year. Besides Solano County, they are Sacramento County, Windsor School District and the cities of Alameda, Chino, Chino Hills, Indio and Marina.
America’s Promise Alliance has its roots in the 1997 President’s Summit for America’s Future. Then-President Bill Clinton and former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush agreed that children and youth should be a national priority. Gen. Colin Powell is among the organization’s founders.
More than 320 communities sent in applications to compete for the Top 100 honors this year. Judges included 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki and National Urban League President Marc Morial.
Solano County on its application highlighted such programs as:
“The 100 Best winners showcase a wide range of successful multisector approaches to improving the lives of youth,” America’s Promise Alliance President John Gomperts said in a press release.
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