Three Connecticut communities are among the 100 best communities for young people, according to a competition held by America’s Promise Alliance.
Hamden, Norwalk and Waterbury are the three Connecticut cities chosen.
The 100 Best competition is part of the Grad Nation campaign and the communities are being recognized for their dedication to providing healthy, safe and caring environments for young people and commitment to seeing that more students graduate from high school.
The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.
The graduation rate in Hamden is 86.2 percent and this is the second time Hamden has made the list.
Hamden was recognized for several community programs, including The Educational Care Collaborative, Hamden's Partnership for Young Children and The Hamden Positive Choices campaign.
Norwalk, where the graduation rate is 79.2 percent, has been on the list three times.
Norwalk was recognized for programs including The Early Learning and Literacy Initiative; BEE Healthy, which raises awareness about childhood obesity through public engagement and community outreach; The Mayor’s Summer Jobs; and The Youth Service Bureau.
Waterbury’s graduation rate is 83.6 percent and this is the third time the city has made the list.
Among the programs Waterbury is recognized for are The Waterbury Bridge to Success Partnership, The Parents are Great Educators program, The Waterbury Youth Council, and Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut, which offers summer and after-school programs that provide young girls with strategies to overcome social, intellectual and economic challenges while helping empower them for the future.