Lakewood was named as a 2016 All-America City by the National Civic League on June 19.
This is an honor given each year to 10 communities for outstanding civic accomplishments.
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This is the second time the city has received this designation. The first time was in 2011.
The criteria for winning the award includes impact, inclusiveness, public engagement and the use of collaborative problem-solving strategies linking the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
According to information provided by Lakewood, the city won the award based on the strength of the following projects: the Mountair Park Community Farm, Lakewood Linked and Schools as Hubs. These projects highlighted the Mountair Park Summer Camp, the Field of Dreams sports field renovation at Foothills Elementary School, the Lakewood Faith Coalition’s Whiz Kids literacy and mentoring work and numerous nonprofits that provide important services to and through the schools.
Other winners this year include Hayward, California, Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and Norfolk, Virginia.
This year, the All-America Awards program highlighted community efforts to “ensure that all our children are healthy and successful in school and life.” The winning communities addressed topics such as: school attendance, racial equity, health and well-being (of children, parents and community), neighborhood safety, poverty, nutrition, affordable housing, and healthy natural environments.
“These All-America cities are doing amazing work to engage their communities in helping to assure the well-being of young people,” said Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League, in a statement. “We’re constantly impressed by their innovation and dedication in bringing together groups and individuals together to address critical issues such as the health and educational success.”
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