class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University and other organizations throughout the region have helped make the Salisbury/Wicomico County area one of the 100 best communities for young people, according to America’s Promise—the Alliance for Youth.
class=""MsoNormal"">The national youth organization based the designation on the area’s programs, agencies and individuals committed to bettering children’s lives. Along with the University itself, affiliated organizations including the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center, Salisbury’s Promise and ShoreCorps/PALS (Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore) were noted in the application for the 2005 honor. In all, 58 organizations were noted in the application.
class=""MsoNormal"">“Salisbury University is committed to children in the Salisbury/Wicomico County area through these and other programs,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. “ShoreCorps/PALS recently celebrated a decade of service to the children of the community. Salisbury’s Promise and the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center also work to ensure a better environment for local youth. We are proud of our contribution to making the area one of the best in the country for young people.”
class=""MsoNormal"">The Wicomico Partnership for Children and Families collaborated with Salisbury’s Promise to compile detailed information about the community’s efforts to fulfill the five basic America’s Promise pledges. They are: caring adults actively involved in children’s lives, safe places for children to learn and grow, a healthy start toward adulthood, effective education that builds marketable skills and opportunities to help others.
class=""MsoNormal"">“This honor validates what people and groups have been doing for a long while in this community,” said Dr. George Whitehead, chair of Salisbury’s Promise.
class=""MsoNormal"">Representatives from this year’s 100 best communities will be invited to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., for an event celebrating their selection Wednesday, November 2. Newsweek lists the 2005 winners in editions available on newsstands this week. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the America’s Promise Web site at www.americaspromise.org. "