Improving the quality of young people’s lives is one of the top priorities of my administration. I am, therefore, very pleased to report that our City has gotten some national notice for the work we’re doing with youngsters.
The City has been named by America’s Promise as one of the "100 Best Communities" in the country for children.
American’s Promise was founded by Gen. Colin Powell and is supported by all living presidents. The honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of civic, business, and NFP leaders.
St. Louis is being recognized for our programs to end lead poisoning of children, prepare children to learn, improve the public schools, increase the number of kids who go to college, give kids something to do after school, build new playgrounds, reduce teen crime, and help at-risk kids.
This honor certainly doesn’t mean we are perfect or that we have all of the answers. It does mean that our City’s commitment to our kids is getting noticed.
This award is certainly a powerful testament to the people who do the hard work to improve the lives of our children: our neighborhood leaders; our school board members, administrators, and teachers; our City department directors in human services, health, recreation, and buildings; our community partners, such as VCR, ARCHs, the United Way, Lead Safe St. Louis, Parents as Teachers, Teach for America, St. Louis For Kids, the Education Coalition, Mayor’s Council On Early Childhood Success, the Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families, St. Louis Regional Business Council, Head Start, Healthy Kids At Play, Child and Maternal Health Coalition, St. Louis Family Court, and others.
You can read about America’s Promise and the 100 best communities in the current issue of Newsweek.