OKC named in top 100 best communities for young people

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City has been named on a list of communities which recognize that make youth, well-being and education top priorities.

Oklahoma City is among one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, an annual competition by America’s Promise Alliance and ING.

Communities across the nation are honored in recognition of the innovative and effective work being done to raise graduation rates and improve the lives of young people.

Oklahoma City has made the top 100 six years so far.

Researchers cited the community’s Youth Services’ Teen Service Board, run by high school students, which helps teens in need by holding back-to-school supplies drives, and assembling food baskets for students from low-income homes.

This year’s 100 winners have a collective average high school graduation rate of nearly 80 percent compared to the national rate of 75.5 percent.

Nominations came from more than 320 communities representing all 50 states.

The winning communities in 2012 came from 42 states; with 19 communities that are now six-time winners and 18 communities winning for their first time.