100 Best Communities

Bristol's Promise gives away bookmarks with "100 Different Things for Young People & their families to do!" in Bristol

To celebrate the second "100 Best Communities" designation, Bristol's Promise has created a bookmark that lists 100 things to do in Bristol for young people and their families.  Area organizations banded together to submit ideas for activities to list on the bookmark.  To see the bookmark, please see below.  These bookmarks will be distributed to area schools.

100 Best Communities Celebration Bookmark - 100 Different Things for Young People and their Families to do" in Bristol

Bristol Virginia chosen as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People"

  100 Best 2008 Seal                              100 Best VA

Pictured above from left to right: Nicholas Ratliff, Margaret Feierabend, Bethany Derden, Adair Fuller and Jo Hutton

January 24, 2008 - Bristol's Promise is proud to announce that Bristol Virginia was chosen as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by the America's Promise Youth Alliance. Below is an excerpt from the press release: 

Bristol Virginia 
’s wide-ranging programs for young people and families gained the attention of the panel of judges who noted that more than half the students in the community participate in after-school programs, with 18 percent involved at least five times per week. Additionally, Bristol Youth Services and the school system have collaborated for five years in LifeSkills, a research-validated substance abuse prevention program that has been successful in reducing the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence among students. Another winning factor was Bristol’s Family Resource Center and Strengthening Families Parenting Program, which brings adults and children together for support and education in parenting issues and struggles. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a community that provides ongoing support for young people,” says Jo Hutton, director of Bristol (Va.) Youth Services. “We are proud of our excellent programs for children from birth through college age, and this award emphasizes our city’s priorities. I believe that the stronger the sense of pride our young citizens have for where they live, the greater the positive effect on the overall health and well-being of our community.” 

Applicants for the 100 Best Communities for Young People award submitted detailed information on existing community programs and initiatives that help deliver to youth the Five Promises – resources identified by America’s Promise as being critical for success in life: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. Applications also included a description of ways different sectors of the community work together to deliver these promises, as well as specific efforts developed to ensure that young people who graduate from high school are prepared for college and/or the workforce. All entrants are eligible to apply for $300,000 in grants from the Alliance. 

Written testimonials from two Virginia High School students and a Virginia Intermont College student, all of whom have benefited from Bristol Youth Services, played an important role in Bristol’s application process, according to Hutton. 

Bristol , Tenn. , the other half of the “Twin Cities,” was a winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2007. 

“We’re pleased that Bristol Virginia joins Bristol Tennessee as a partner in education and youth,” says Margaret Feierabend, Bristol Tennessee city council member and the city’s Bristol Promise leader. “Our community has seen the benefits, both directly and indirectly, of being recognized as a leader in services for our young people. We look forward to continued cooperation in these efforts.” 

Click on the link below to view our official press release:

Bristol VA 100 Best Press Release

Click on the link below to view an article in our local newspaper, the Bristol Herald Courier, which ran on January 25, 2008:

100 Best Newspaper Article

Below are several documents of interest:

100 Best Selection Panel

100 Best Selection Criteria

For further information about the "100 Best Communities" designation and a complete list of the other winning communities, please visit America's Promise.