Prioritizing youth lands B.G. among finalists for national award

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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The city of 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 to determine its honorees.

America’s Promise Alliance sponsors the competition. Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell started the foundation in 1997.

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

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