Grand Forks achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youth.
A five-time winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People competition, Grand Forks has shown its commitment to enhancing youth education by offering programs that provide safe places, paring educators with students in need and providing community service opportunities for young people. Among these programs is Grand Forks’ Helping Hands Summer Camp, where young people gain work skills and give back to the community through volunteering. Through the Partners for Academic and Social Success program, at-risk students in Grand Forks meet with educators to discuss schoolwork and factors affecting students’ work. The program also connects students with 12 private businesses and about 50 nonprofit organizations for mentorships and internships.
“We are proud of Grand Forks for being named one of the America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best,” said Grand Forks Mayor Michael R. Brown “This award recognizes the hard work of many community members that have dedicated their time to making a difference in the lives of our young people.”
Grand Forks 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.