FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's Promise, a collaboration of state government agencies including the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Education, will launch and preview its Promise Station Web site at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at the Holiday Inn North in Lexington.
A Promise Station is an Internet-based product that will revolutionize the way communities unite around youth in the Commonwealth. With a multi-year investment from Ford Motor Company and technology developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Promise Stations will enable people in communities across the state to help youth where they live, work and worship, using their own skills, talents and interests.
The Promise Station empowers parents, schools, faith groups, youth organizations, businesses, local government or any caring citizen to identify and connect children and young people with the critical resources they need to become successful adults. The Department of Juvenile Justice, a local affiliate of America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth, will launch and maintain Kentucky's Promise Station. The site can be accessed at www.kentuckyspromise.org.
"A Promise Station will become a community's mission control; the mission is to fully prepare kids for the journey from childhood to adulthood," said Peter A. Gallagher, president and CEO of America's Promise. "It will enable people to enlist in this national movement right in their own backyards."
The Promise Station adds a new dimension to Kentucky's efforts to fulfill commitments made at the founding of America's Promise at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future in 1997 when several former presidents challenged the country to make children and youth a national priority. In November 2000, at an America's Promise summit sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University, Governor Paul Patton signed the Governor's Promise Partnership, creating Kentucky's Promise.
The current state program includes 18 Communities of Promise, 70 Schools of Promise and 29 Sites of Promise. Each participating entity must promise children and youth a healthy start in life and access to caring adults, safe places, marketable skills and opportunities to serve.
The number of Communities, Schools and Sites of Promise has grown markedly over the past year, largely as a result of the work of "Promise Fellows" who were appointed in 2002 under a federal grant administered by KCCVS.
WKYT-TV in Lexington has supported Kentucky's Promise by producing television spots featuring media personalities Nick and Nina Clooney. The public service announcements, which are being distributed to CBS-affiliated stations in Kentucky, will be previewed at the Oct. 1 event.
For more information on Kentucky's Promise, contact Karen Asher at 502/564-7420. For more information about America's Promise, visit www.americaspromise.org.