Beaufort County named one of America's 100 best communities for young people in competition

Beaufort County has been named one of America's 100 best communities for young people by America's Promise Alliance. The competition recognizes communities that provide service and support for children while working to reduce high school dropout rates.

The formal announcement will be made at noon today. The Beaufort County School District, which spearheaded the application process, is hosting a reception at Bluffton High School to watch the announcement, which will be made in Washington, D.C.

The county's application was submitted by the district on behalf ofTogether for Beaufort County, a group of human service allianceprofessionals formed in 2006 to better coordinate services for children and families, according to a news release from the district.

Several after-school programs and health initiatives for youth werehighlighted by America's Promise, including after-school programs run by the school district, Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry and the YMCA and free recreational programs provided by the Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services.

The county will receive a $2,500 grant, signs identifying it as a topcommunity for youth and access to a variety of community development resources through America's Promise Alliance, according to the news release.

America's Promise Alliance is a partnership of corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups founded by Colin Powell and his wife, Alma, in 1997. This competition has been held annually since 2005.