Glen Cove has been identified as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by the America’s Promise Alliance. Glen Cove is the only community on Long Island to be chosen for this honor, which is based on its school and community-based programs.

This announcement follows Glen Cove Youth Bureaus (GCYB) successful efforts to write a grant through America’s Promise Alliance, which recently announced the winners via a webinar from Washington, D.C. Representatives from the Alliance also appeared on morning news shows to speak about the “100 Best Communities.” As a result of the selection, Glen Cove will be awarded a trophy, a $2500 grant to plan an event to celebrate/or plan a program, street signs informing the public of this honor, and access to a grants data base.  

The 100 Best Communities for Young People nationwide competition acknowledges communities that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and provide service to their youth. Glen Cove is being honored because of its holistic approach to educating students through innovative programs that encourage the involvement of young people in the community. Programs of note that were identified include:

  • Glen Cove High School’s Community Action Using Student Empowerment (CAUSE) collaboration with GCYB, which teaches students how to be informed, responsible and involved citizens. Part of the curriculum requires students to organize fundraisers for nonprofit entities such as Ronald McDonald House. Students are also taught civic responsibility by participating in mock debates and assisting in voter registration. CAUSE students recently conducted the first City of Glen Cove Mayoral debate of the 2011 campaign at Glen Cove High School.
  • First Presbyterian Church’s anti- discrimination and tolerance educational programs.
  • Glen Cove After 3 (21st CCLC grant), a collaboration between the City of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove School District and other Glen Cove agencies, which helps ensure students to have a safe place to learn outside of school by providing after-school and summer programming. Participants meet for three hours a day during the school year and all day during the summer to keep classroom skills sharp when class is not in session.

“In a nation where 7,000 students drop out of high school every day, we hope Glen Cove’s initiatives inspire other communities across the nation to take action to solve the challenges facing their young people,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO.  “Glen Cove is especially deserving of this recognition due to their efforts to ensure that their young people graduate high school and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.”