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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia receives its award for being one of '100 Best Communities for Young People'

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 10:38 p.m. CST; updated 8:36 p.m. CST, Friday, January 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia was awarded $2,500 to help youth programs for being named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for 2011.

This is Columbia's second time being named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People."

The Youth Community Coalition applied for the award and won based on the alliance's five promises of caring adults, safe places, healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.

The award was presented by Jordan Lapier with America's Promise Alliance and ING financial services Wednesday afternoon in the City Council Chambers.

Janie Bowen, resident service coordinator of Columbia Housing Authority, speaks with AJ Gray, member of the Moving Ahead Program, before the celebration held at the City Council Chambers on Wednesday afternoon. Columbia was named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for 2011.
Jordan Lapier with America's Promise Alliance traveled from Washington D.C. to award Columbia as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" Wednesday afternoon. The awards are given based on the alliance's five promises of caring adults, safe places, healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.
America's Promise Alliance and ING financial services recognized Columbia as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for the second year in a row during a celebration at the City Council Chambers Wednesday afternoon. Columbia was awarded $2,500 was to help youth programs in Columbia. The Youth Community Coalition applied for the award and surpassed their original goal from 2008 to win this award within five years.
Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools speaks with kids at the City Council Chambers on Wednesday afternoon after Columbia was awarded $2,500 for being named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People."

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