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• To learn more about the America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, go online at www.americaspromise.org
• To view the video on Forsyth County, visit www.americaspromise.org/Our-Work/Community-Action/100-Best-Communities/Promotional-Materials/Videos
What makes Forsyth County one of America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People?
Its dedication to every child in the county.
And that’s what America’s Promise Alliance, the organization that presented Forsyth with the special designation in 2010, wanted to illustrate in a video to inspire other communities to follow suit.
Just three of the top 100 communities were chosen for videos, said Judi Jenkins, business and community relations facilitator for the Forsyth County school system.
“They wanted to depict what they are really looking for in best communities for young people,” she said.
Jenkins, along with Ruth Goode of the United Way of Forsyth County, worked together last year on the county's entry.
The local school system and programs to help students graduate and get ahead were among the features that made Forsyth stand out, Jenkins said.
But the video highlights one student in particular -- Matt Webber, a West Forsyth High School senior.
In and out of school and trouble due to drugs, Webber said he never thought he’d graduate.
Now, thanks to guidance from counselors, a drug rehabilitation program and online classes, he will graduate early.
“The success story of a young person is what America’s Promise Alliance is all about,” Jenkins said. “How we can turn young lives around, help them graduate high school and help them succeed in life.”
Webber’s story was featured along with two other effective programs in Houston and Massachusetts.
The videos, Jenkins said, make every community stand out.
“It makes us look good because of the different programs and resources and opportunities that not just the school system, but the community and city and county can offer young people,” she said.