Battle Ground named finalist for national award

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Battle Ground is a finalist in a national competition that awards grant money to America's best communities for young people.

The 100 Best Communities for Young People competition uses submitted data, essays and youth testimonials, and examples of collaboration and partnerships that make youth a priority.

America's Promise Alliance, started in 1997 by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, sponsors the competition.

The 100 cities selected by a panel of national leaders on education and youth issues receive grants of $2,500. Winners will be announced Sept. 12, in Washington D.C.

The Battle Ground City Council created a 100 Best Communities for Youth Task Force that includes Battle Ground Public Schools, Battle Ground Community Library, Rock Solid Community Teen Center and the city.