Edina named Best Community for Young People

Edina has been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for the third consecutive year.

The national award from America’s Promise Alliance is given to communities that focus on reducing high school drop out rates and providing services and support to the youth in the community. America’s Promise Alliance is a national organization that focuses on helping youth with caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.

Edina will also receive a $2,500 grant to continue its outreach to local youth, signs identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People and access to community development resources with America’s Promise Alliance.

Edina was recognized for its partnership between the Edina school district, the city, the Edina Chamber of Commerce, the Edina Community Foundation and Connecting With Kids.

“Receiving this recognition is an honor, but receiving it for three consecutive years is recognition that Edina is not only dedicated to quality, but willing to invest in it as well,” said City Manager Scott Neal.

Edina’s commitment to providing youth with a variety of programs focused on community service and leadership to help them grow to be well rounded and civic-minded adults was also noted by America’s Promise.

“We are very excited to be recognized again. Being named one of America’s Best 100 Communities for Young People is further evidence of how all the generations in Edina collaborate in support of our children as they grow to be healthy, caring and responsible adults,” said Heather Haen Anderson, executive director of Connecting With Kids.

Programs such as Youth Serving Youth at Edina High School help teach youth leadership skills, which are part of the reason Edina High School has a 99 percent graduation rate, Supt. Ric Dressen said.

“We know that when students are given the opportunity to be involved in their community doing meaningful work, they are better engaged in their school and are more likely to graduate with their peers,” Dressen said. “Edina Public Schools is fortunate to have such a supportive community, both inside and outside the school, that is committed to investing in its young people and allowing them to thrive and succeed.”

“We can all be proud of this award – the young people who work hard to succeed in school, their parents and teachers who provide a supportive environment for their learning, and the seniors who contribute generously of their time and resources to civic programs,” said Dick Crockett, executive director of the Edina Community Foundation. “Edina is truly a community for all generations, and we greatly appreciate this recognition of the many groups and individuals who help us fulfill our responsibility to raise healthy children and develop a strong community.”