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The mission of the Surry County Office on Youth is to enhance the quality of life for Surry County youth and families by effectively addressing youth concerns, assessing needs for services, increasing community collaboration and assistance in the establishment of effective programs for positive youth development.

The Office on Youth is advised by the Youth Services Citizen Board (YSCB) whose function is to advise the County and the Board of Supervisors regarding issues relating to youth and to provide opportunities for community involvement and input on youth concerns in Surry County.  The YSCB is comprised of one adult citizen from each of the five districts in the County and appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a four-year term and at least two youth representatives from the County's high school and middle school appointed for a one-year term.




Surry County, a third-time 100 Best winner, was again honored for its focus on collaboration in youth programming and funding.  The Surry County Office on Youth coordinates the Comprehensive Service Act for At-Risk Youth Program through the combined efforts of the Community Policy Management and Family Assessment Planning Teams.  Services are provided to youth with disabilities, behavior problems, and those who are involved with the juvenile justice system. The program aims to connect affected young people with an intensive treatment program to foster positive development and a stable family life. The Office on Youth has also established partnerships with nearly 80 local agencies, businesses, and regional and state entities to provide youth services, including activities to encourage academic success, work and college readiness, and prevent teen pregnancy, juvenile crime and drug use.  Youth in Surry County are afforded community service opportunities through the Youth Council, CAANDUU Coalition, P.O.W.E.R and 4-H programs, faith-based organizations, and through the various school programs such as the Technology Student Association, Future Business Leaders of America, Honor Societies, and Student Government Associations.

Surry County will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.

The 100 Best competition is part of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.

 All communities entering the 100 Best competition completed a rigorous application where they provided details on how their existing programs and initiatives help deliver the Five Promises—resources identified by America’s Promise as being critical to the development of healthy, successful children: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. Applicants also were asked to describe how different sectors of their community work together to help children and families overcome challenges. Most importantly, communities were judged on the strength and innovation of their efforts and programs to help young people graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce.

For a copy of the press release, click here.


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100 Best 2011Surry County Named One of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for a Second Year


Competition Recognizes Community’s Efforts to Reduce High School Dropout Rates

Surry County achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youth.

 Graduating 90 percent of Surry County High School’s student body, Surry County is dedicated to preparing students both inside and outside the classroom.   Since 2007, the Surry County Office on Youth’s Precious Jewels program has given more than 60 middle school girls the chance to learn social graces from mentors who have included the ladies of the Phi Chi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Similarly, the Surry Cooperative Extension Agency has the “Beyond the High School Years” program that teaches young people skills ranging from table and phone etiquette to completing job applications and writing thank you notes in an effort to prepare them for their post-academic future.  In a unanimous vote, Surry County Board of Supervisors implemented a rigorous curriculum to unite members of the county under one shared vision, allowing for a focused and nurturing environment for children. This is Surry County's second 100 Best win. 

“In a nation where 7,000 students drop out of high school every day, we hope Surry County’s initiatives inspire other communities across the nation to take action to solve the challenges facing their young people,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO.  “Surry County is especially deserving of this recognition due to their efforts to ensure that their young people graduate from high school and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.  Surry County refuses to let the challenges they face determine the future for their young people.  Instead, they are helping their youth prosper and become contributing members of society.”     Surry County Administrator, Tyrone Franklin said, “this recognition is a testament to the dedication and commitment that Surry County staff, school system, and citizens have for their continued investment in our most precious resource – Our Youth”.

 For a link to America's Promise Alliance website and the 2011 Surry County narrative, click here.

 About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth by raising awareness, supporting communities, and engaging in nonpartisan advocacy. Through our Grad Nation campaign, we harness the collective power of our partner network to mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.  Building on the legacy of our Founding Chairman General Colin Powell, the Alliance believes the success of our young people is grounded in the Five Promises—caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others.  For more information about America’s Promise Alliance, visit

 About ING

 ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance, and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 115,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, and financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 30 million customers across the nation.

ING’s diversity management philosophy and commitment to workplace diversity, diversity marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer. For more information, visit www.ing.com/us.

About the ING Foundation

 The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education, diversity, and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit www.ing-usafoundation.com.





Winning Community Seal

Surry County was named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance and ING, a Global financial services company for 2010.

The “100 Best”  designation recognizes those communities that make youth a priority by implementing programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce. The competition is open to all communities that make children and youth a priority, including small towns, large cities, counties and school districts. In addition to enhancing local educational opportunities, most winning communities have taken steps to facilitate improved access to health care for its young people, encourage youth civic engagement and supply developmental resources that create better places for young people to live and grow.

“Through its innovative and far-reaching programs, Surry County is taking bold and effective steps to help their young people graduate and lead healthy, productive lives,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance president and CEO. “Surry County serves as an example to inspire and educate other communities across the nation to tackle the challenges facing their city and children, and to implement initiatives that give them the essential resources they need to succeed in life.”

For a link to America's Promise Alliance website and the 2010 Surry County narrative, click here.