The Madison County Promise Station is an
outgrowth of Madison County's participation as a
Community of Promise through the America's
Promise-The Alliance for Youth. More and more
community partners ? colleges, universities,
schools, businesses, organizations and individuals
? are working to deliver to local youth the five promises of America's Promise: caring
adults, safe places, a healthy start, marketable
skills and opportunities to serve.
The Web site, www.madisoncountyspromise.
org, is "an excellent hub for everyone in the
community to find out what's available for
children," said Amber Jones, director of Madison
County's Promise. Jones, a senior speech
communication major at EKU, is an America's
Promise Fellow and a member of the national
Youth Partnership with America's Promise.
In 1999, EKU became the Commonwealth's
first University of Promise and its AmeriCorps
program continues to deliver literacy programs in more than 20 counties in central and
southeastern Kentucky. The Madison County
Community of Promise Program is based at
Madison County is one of 10 Communities
of Promise in Kentucky, but the first community
to establish a Promise Station Web site,
according to Jones.
Community Partners can easily update
information about their services to youth on the
Web site, and new partners can make their
volunteer commitments on the site.
"The benefits of partnership are many,"
Jones said. "Partners can promote their
programs and commitment to youth, drive
traffic to their Web site, post their in-kind,
personnel or financial needs, and create an
organization homepage highlighting programs, commitments and a wish list."
Community partners identified on the Web
site are EKU Junior Panhellenic, Colonels Who
Care, EKU Student Government Association, an
EKU Public Speaking class, Berea College Bonner
Scholars Program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the
Bluegrass, Cumberland Valley National Bank,
Madison County Attorney's Office, Madison
County Fiscal Court, Berea National Bank,
Telford Community YMCA, and the Boys and Girls
Club of Madison County.
"I?m real proud to see the response we've
had," Jones said. "We have quite a bit of
information already on the site."
For more information, visit the Web site or
contact Amber Jones at 622-8472 or 606-224-
0184, or madisoncountyspromise@