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"

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.”

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

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