A national youth advocacy organization has named Bradenton and Manatee County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.
The designation by America's Promise Alliance "recognizes those communities that make a youth a priority by implementing programs that keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce," a news release states.
Specifically, America's Promise, which was founded by retired Gen. Colin Powell, cited the ManaTeen Club, which posts volunteer opportunities in Manatee County for youth; and TaKe Stock in Children, a program that helps low-income children stay in school, earn a diploma, graduate from college and enter the workforce.
"Through its innovative and far-reaching programs, Bradenton/Manatee County is taking bold and effective steps to help their young people graduate and lead healthy, productive lives," said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America's Promise president and CEO. "Bradenton/Manatee County serves as an example to inspire and educate other communities across the nation to tackle the challenges facing their city and children, and to implement initiatives that give them the essential resources they need to succeed in life."
This is the fourth time Bradenton/Manatee County has won in the competition.