The National Civic League (NCL) and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are seeking applications for the 2017 All-America City Awards showing efforts to bring about measurable progress for low-income children on the key drivers of early reading success. Projects that demonstrate attendance, school readiness, summer learning and increasing the number of students reading at grade level are especially welcome.
NCL announced the 2017 award focus at a multi-day conference in Denver at which 10 cities received the 2016 award. Last year the awards sought projects aimed at improving health and educational success. More than 550 communities have won the All-America City Award since the program was launched in 1949. Click here to find the 2016 Award winners.
“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. “We’re constantly impressed by their dedication in bringing together groups and individuals to address critical issues such as health and educational success. While there are certainly many other successful community engagement efforts to improve opportunities for young people, All-America City winners clearly rise to the top.”
Here is a schedule for the Application Process:
- September 1, 2016 — Submit Letter of Intent to Apply
- Filing a letter of intent will enable you to participate in a series of monthly webinars beginning this fall offered by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The webinars are designed to support communities through the application and planning process, and will help communities develop plans for accelerating progress and reaching bigger outcomes on grade-level reading by 2020.
- January 31, 2017 — Submit Application
- Semi-finalists will be identified using a peer review process involving all applicants. Award-winners will be named at the NCL’s Annual Conference on June 14-17, 2017.
- June 14-17, 2017 — All-America City Award Event
The All-America City Award event will take place in Denver, Colorado. The event is a multi-day celebration that includes peer-learning workshops, presentations from each finalist, panel discussions, and cultural showcases.
Click here for more information about the 2017 All-America City Award application.