Suncoast Region Honored as 2022 All-America City Award Finalist

Suncoast Region Honored as 2022 All-America City Award Finalist

Posted on May 23, 2022 by The Patterson Foundation
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) and the National Civic League have announced Florida’s Suncoast region as a finalist for the 2022 All-America City (AAC) award. Twenty communities across the nation have an opportunity to receive the coveted AAC Award; a recognition created 73 years ago by the National Civic League. This year, the AAC Award will recognize communities committed to improving the prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery for the hundreds of thousands of children whose families are served by the nation’s public housing agencies and affordable housing organizations.

“Recognizing these communities as All-America City finalists is our way of applauding all those who have joined forces to build brighter futures for the children in their communities, paying particular focus to the pivotal role of public and affordable housing agencies and organizations in supporting our youngest learners and their families through a 24/7/365 multigenerational system of support,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of CGLR. “We are proud of these communities for answering the call and meeting families where they are.”

This year’s AAC finalists are located across 15 states and represent the diversity of American communities, from large urban centers to rural towns. Finalists will present their community’s work to a panel of jurors, network with other finalists and take part in learning and engagement opportunities through a series of virtual sessions from July 19–21, 2022. AAC recipients will be formally announced and honored at a closing ceremony on July 21. The AAC Awards will be held in conjunction with GLR Week 2022, CGLR’s annual conference.

The Suncoast region, which includes Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, is home to the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. This community-wide effort aspires to help all children, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in school and life by ensuring they read on grade level by the end of third grade.

The complete list of 2022 All-America City finalists includes:
  • Alliance, OH
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Barberton, OH
  • Chicago, IL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • El Paso, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • New Haven, CT
  • Omaha, NE
  • Palacios, TX
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, ME
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Springfield, MA
  • Suncoast region, FL
  • Tarpon Springs, FL
AAC recipients in 2022 will be communities that effectively meet the following 2022 AAC criteria:
  • Are supported by interagency, cross-sector, and broadly inclusive stakeholder coalitions
  • Engage public housing agencies and/or affordable housing organizations
  • Feature interagency agreements for data sharing, the braiding and blending of funding, cross-sector approaches for problem-solving and smart decision-making, and/or strategic deployment of civic capital (relationships, networks, capacities)
  • Have an explicit focus on promoting racial equity and/or improving the prospects for children of color and economically challenged, fragile, and otherwise marginalized families
  • Seek measurable improvement around one or more of the following areas of focus:
    • Digital equity (internet access, individual devices, technical assistance);
    • Relational supports (tutors, mentors, coaches)
    • Afterschool, summer, and out-of-school learning opportunities
    • Transforming non-school places and spaces into learning-rich environments
    • Promoting school readiness, regular attendance, and summer learning
    • Parents succeeding as essential partners in assuring the healthy development and early school success of their children
    • Parents succeeding in their own journey toward sustainable self-sufficiency.

“We are honored to collaborate with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading on the All-America City Award program this year,” said Doug Linkhart, president of the National Civic League. “These cities, counties, and regions are demonstrating that they can draw on the strength of their communities by harnessing the commitment of local residents, nonprofits, and businesses to make a difference in the lives of their young people.”

Learn more about the AAC Award.


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