100 Best Communities for Young People

  • America's Promise The 100 Best Communities for Young People initiative brought significant attention to the central role communities play in preparing all young people for success. Between 2006 and 2012, America's Promise and corporate sponsors celebrated more than 200 deserving comminities that effectively provided their youth with the Five Promises and worked to increase high school graduation rates. Rock Hill, S.C. has been selected as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People FIVE TIMES and we continue to exhibit the five promises.

    This work involves keeping Five Promises to children and youth that form the conditions they need to achieve adult success.

    We promise to students that they will grow up with the help and guidance of caring adult relationships, healthy childhoods, safe surroundings, effective education and opportunities to serve others.

    When at least four of these promises are at work in young people’s lives, they are more likely to succeed academically, socially and civically.




    no 1 PROMISE NO. 1
    Caring Adults
    Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.

    no 2 PROMISE NO. 2
    Safe Places
    To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community.   Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.

    no 3 PROMISE NO. 3
    A Healthy Start
    Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and practice healthy habits throughout childhood, including proper nutrition and exercise, and have access to high quality learning opportunities. Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.

    no 4 PROMISE NO. 4
    Effective Education
    Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.

    no 5 PROMISE NO. 5
    Opportunities to Help Others
    Through service to others and community, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances.  The chance to give back teaches young people the value of service to others, the meaning of community, and the self-respect that comes from knowing that one has a contribution to make in the world. 


    Source: America's Promise Alliance