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America's Promise: Tuscaloosa's good for youth

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     Tuscaloosa County has done it again!  For the third straight year it makes a list of the top 100 Best Communities in the nation for young people.

     America's Promise Alliance puts out the yearly rankings and it's a pretty tough competition.  "This is not about you've got a good after school program but we want communities that are helping young people succeed collectively," said Colleen Wilber.

     The group looked at a number of programs in Tuscaloosa County available to Children including Focus First, which provides free eye screening to children.  Also, the H.E.L.P program in Tuscaloosa City Schools was among effective programs that were listed.  It stands for Helping Education-Linking Parents. The system started the initiative itself five years ago without funding to help children stay in school.  They've seen dramatic results and this year have had to cancel two sessions because they haven't had any student in need of it.

     America's Promise says those are they type of success stories that keep Tuscaloosa County in the top 100 ranking.  "We look that kids need a safe place, quality education and a chance to give back."


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