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America's Promise Alliance recognizes Lubbock's commitment to young people

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The City of Lubbock has been selected as a finalist for the America's Promise Alliance 2012 100 Best Communities for Young People for the second year in a row.

Mayor Glen Robertson was delighted to be one of only two mayors out of 100 to be interviewed live from the Washington, DC watch party.

"It's Lubbock on the map for a good reason," Mayor Robertson said. "I think it's great for our community. Any exposure we can get, especially when we're talking about our youth and our students. It's advertising you can't buy for what I think is the best community in the nation."

Many students echoed the Mayor's excitement during the Pep Rally at United Spirit Arena Wednesday.

"Everybody just works together as a community. I loved growing up and going to school here," said Monterey High School Senior Lynsey Mims. "It's really helped make who I am today."

In 2009, the YWCA was a recipient of a five-year state grant known as the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI). The main objective of the funds was to help Lubbock youth and assess the needs of the community.

"This place has been such a great experience - watching people collaborate - especially putting it as the number one thing that we count on," said YWCA Exec. Dir Glenda Mathis.

Mathis said the grant helped to implement the 40 Developmental Assets program, adopted from the Search Institute.

The program has five main focuses: to increase access to caring adults, effective education, a healthy start, safe places to be, and opportunities to serve others.

The YWCA enrolled the City of Lubbock in America's Promise Alliance's contest to highlight just how much these principles have helped boost the community.

Mayor Robertson said that our influence of good education has helped create strong leaders.

"We're a college town, we've got Texas Tech, we've got Lubbock Christian Wayland Baptist, you know ,we've got several colleges education is one of our key foundations here in Lubbock," Robertson said.

But it's not education alone that enabled the City of Lubbock to receive this award for two consecutive years. Mayor Robertson said family plays a tremendous role.

"West Texas still has the strong family value and it's something that we're losing across the country," Robertson said. "That's one of the strongest assets we have here."

He said the collaboration among parents and the school district is a winning combination for students.

"We're very fortunate here in Lubbock that our parents are still involved in school and they have not turned into a baby sitters service like they have in other parts of the country," Mayor Robertson said.

Mims agrees and said her education has helped prepare her in the right direction.

"This community is really good about making you feel like a big family and I've had a great experience having spirit within the school system," she said.

Mims said she plans to attend Texas Tech University after she graduates from Monterey. She said she plans to study Broadcast Journalism to one day work as an ESPN Correspondent.

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