Thursday, October 13, 2011
The City was recognized for a range of efforts including the City's Summer Jobs Program, the high school's peer tutoring program, and the SomerPromise program, which helps youth reach their greatest potential through careful evaluation of gaps and barriers to success in several key areas including academics and health. Other noted efforts include Somerville High School's free PSAT testing and SAT preparation as well as College Goal Sunday, a program run in collaboratin with community organizations that organizes free college financial aid form clinics.
“In a nation where 7,000 students drop out of high school every day, we hope Somerville’s initiatives inspire other communities across the nation to take action to solve the challenges facing their young people,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “Somerville is especially deserving of this recognition due to their efforts to ensure that their young people graduate high school and go on to lead healthy, productive lives. Somerville refuses to let the challenges they face determine the future for their young people. Instead, they are helping their youth prosper and become contributing members of society.”
Somerville will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.
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