CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: February 13, 2007
Subject/Title: City of Brentwood named 100 Best Communities for Young
Prepared by: Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager & Barbara Gary, Recreation
Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks & Recreation
Recognize that the City of Brentwood has been named one of the 100 Best
Communities for Young People, a national competition sponsored by American’s
Promise – The Alliance for Youth.
The 100 Best Communities for Young People competition honors communities,
ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods, for their commitment to
provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people. Over a
thousand communities in America applied for this distinguished award.
Founded by retired General & former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest private-public
partnership committed to ensuring that every child receives the five
fundamental resources – the Five Promises - essential for success: caring
adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and
opportunities to help others. America's Promise grew out of the Presidents’
Summit for America’s Future in 1997, where Presidents Bush, Carter, Clinton
and Ford, with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan, challenged the
country to make children and youth a national priority. President George W.
Bush affirmed his commitment in 2001. America’s Promise believes that the
more support young people receive from their community the more likely they
are to be successful. Entries in the 100 Best Communities competition were
evaluated on their ability to fulfill The Five Promises, fundamental
resources children and youth need to succeed, established by America’s
Promise. The promises are: 1) caring adults who are actively involved in
their lives, 2) safe places in which to learn and grow, 3) a healthy start
toward adulthood, 4) an effective education that builds marketable skills,
and 5) opportunities to help others.
The City of Brentwood was chosen as one of the 100 Best Communities for
Young People, in part, because of the many innovative programs in place for
children and youth.
Just to name a few of these innovative programs, one of The Five Promises,
caring adults involved in the lives of youth, is provided by the City’s
Youth Commission, which provides a forum for youth to express their concerns
and views while working with local adults and city representatives. The City
of Brentwood - Police Activity League’s After the Bell free after school
program teaches middle school participants to make good life decisions and
provides a safe place for youth to learn and grow. Additional programs at
the middle and high school levels, such as RAVE, Small Learning Communities
and various cultural clubs, expand knowledge, provide an education that
fosters personal and cultural skills and allows youth to voice their
opinions in a safe environment.
The City of Brentwood is proud to be named as one of the 100 Best
Communities for Young People, honoring its dedication to provide a safe,
healthy and caring community to all youth. The City has grown rapidly, 72%
between 2000 and 2005, making it imperative for a variety of community
organizations, ranging from the school districts, sports clubs, and service
groups to work together to meet the needs of youth.
No fiscal impact. Winners are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 in grant
funds to support their efforts to improve the lives of young people in their