An old East Coast port city building community trust and redefining its image. A rural Kentucky county opening new doors for families. A Bay Area city cultivating local leaders to drive long-term change.
These three places may look different—by geography, by demographics, by culture, by opportunities—but they all have something in common: residents who love their communities and want to make them better. In the past, though, their ideas weren’t always heard, or no one asked in the first place. Promise Neighborhoods in Camden, New Jersey; Perry County, Kentucky; and Hayward, California (as well as a dozen others across the US) have been trying to change that.