October 18, 2010                                                

For Additional Information:                                       

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Meridian Awards Program to Recognize

Those Who Support Youth


Meridian, ID – (October 18, 2010) – Nominations are now being accepted for Meridian’s 2010 Business Supporting Youth Awards, an annual recognition program presented by Meridian’s Promise.



All entries must be postmarked, delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the Meridian Mayor’s Office by Monday, November 8th, at 5:00 pm. Entries will be judged by a panel of community members based upon the strength and content of each submission using the following criteria: 1) number of youth impacted; 2) Five Promises to Youth fulfilled; 3) community partnerships made; 4) financial or in-kind contributions to youth programs; and 5) volunteer participation and recruitment.


The Meridian Chamber of Commerce will host the 2010 Supporting Youth Awards on Tuesday, November 16th, at the Meridian Courtyard by Marriott, at 12:00 p.m., during its regular chamber luncheon. Reservation for the $12 luncheon must be made in advance through the Meridian Chamber of Commerce office at 888-2817.


Meridian’s Promise is Meridian’s initiative to build the character and competence of their community’s youth by fulfilling each child’s need for the Five Promises set forth by America’s Promise -- The National Alliance for Youth. These Five Promises are (1) Caring Adults with which they have ongoing supportive relationships; (2) Safe Places with structured activities during non-school hours; (3) A Healthy Start and future; (4) Marketable Skills through effective education; and (5) Opportunities to Give Back through community service.


For additional  information about the awards program or about joining Meridian’s Promise, call Shelly Houston in the Meridian Mayor’s Office at 489-0531.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit