Barren County Named Top 100 Community for Young Adults

By Melissa Warren | 

Educators and community officials in Barren County awaited a special announcement at a watch party on WKU's Glasgow campus today.

Barren County was recognized as one of America's Top 100 Communities for young adults by ING for the third consecutive year.

"This is just a great reflection on our community to win this for the third year in a row," said Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Trautman.

Members of local organizations that aid youth say this is because they all work together with one common goal.

"We're still concentrating on our youth, and by working together, we have a better understanding of what each others needs are, and are just trying to help each other," said Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky's Rosemary Byrd.

"That's just how we roll here. We work together. When we see a problem, groups come together... organizations come together, and this is the perfect example of that," said Mayor Trautman.

The award recognized Barren County for its programs addressing the dropout crisis, among other services. The local Promise Alliance members have been pushing to nominate the community for years, and today they were successful for the third time.

"We were named as one of the best in 2010, in 2011, and then again today in 2012... and it's all about providing the five promises to youth," said Marcus Kingrey of Barren County's Promise and Director of Barren County Community Education.

Those five promises are having caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and giving youth opportunities to help others.

As part of this recognition, Barren County will receive a $2,500 grant, signs to display around town, and access to America's Promise Alliance's Community Development Resources.

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