Joins Forces with America's Promise
The Alliance for Youth
The number of young people not on the road to becoming
successful adults is an absolute crisis in America today. Americas
Promise- Alliance for Youth, established at the Presidents Summit
and chaired by General Colin Powell, challenges all Americans and organizations
to help provide youth access to the five resources critical to their development.
This is why the Michigan Municipal League is hosting Americas Promise
fellow, Jennifer Smith, until the end of December to bring forth support
for our communities youth. MML challenges our member cities and
villages to become Communities of Promise and connect their citizens and
resources with the youth that need support. A Community of Promise supplies
access to the five basic promises children and young people need,
Mentor: having an ongoing relationship with a caring adult.
Protect: supplying safe places and structured activities during
Nurture: offering a healthy start, emotionally, physically
Teach: effective educating that will lead to the use of a marketable
Serve: giving opportunity to give back to the community
Research findings show that when these assets are accessible youth are
less likely to engage in a wide range of negative behavior including alcohol
abuse, tobacco and drug use, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, domestic
violence and attempted suicide.
We ask all communities to help us meet the challenge of connecting 2
million youth to the five basic promises by the year 2000 by becoming
a Community of Promise. In Michigan is already the home to twenty Communities
of Promise with at least six more seeking to become one. The types of
communities are a variety ranging from urban to rural, college towns to
historical and Michigans largest to smallest.
If these points of information havent already convinced you to
get involved, theres more!
Networking among communities in your region and statewide
Recognition as being an active part of a national movement
Strengthening our state-wide efforts and reaffirming Michigans
dedication to its citizens
Demonstrating Commitment to the youth in your community
Positive viewing as being a community that believes in its
citizens and wishes to encourage youth involvement in the community.
Your local government can play an important role in the positive development
and strengthening of community life by directing resources and developing
innovative policies that promote asset building. The simplest key to empowering
the youth of your community might be to even encourage youth involvement
in community planning committees.
Promise (National Organization)
to become a Community of Promise
This links you directly to the guides and resources available on the National
Michigans Communities of Promise:
Alpena & Montmorency Counties
Capital Area (Lansing/East Lansing)
Marquette & Alger Counties
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
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The Michigan Municipal League is here to assist your community if interested
and wish to find out more about Americas Promise please contact
Meghan Broderick at the Michigan Municipal League by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Colleen Layton