"By becoming a University
of Promise, the University of Kentucky is furthering a historical partnership between
itself and the youth of Kentucky. As a society, all of us benefit when youth are
given the resources they need to become successful adults."
-- Retired Gen. Colin Powell
29, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky today becomes the second largest land-grant university in the
United States to partner with Americas Promise The Alliance for Youth, led by
retired Gen. Colin Powell. At Harrison Elementary School in Lexington, UK made an official
commitment as a University of Promise to Americas Promise. UK is one of 50 higher
education commitment makers participating.
becoming a University of Promise, the University of Kentucky is furthering a historical
partnership between itself and the youth of Kentucky, Gen. Powell said. As a society, all of us benefit when youth
are given the resources they need to become successful adults.
in Philadelphia in April 1997 at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, America's
Promise is mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and
competence of our nations youth by fulfilling five promises:
ongoing relationships with caring adults,
safe places with structured activities during non-school hours,
a healthy start and future,
skills through effective education
opportunities to give back through community service.
University of Kentucky has a unique responsibility for outreach and public service to
support the citizens of the commonwealth, said Lisa Higgins-Hord, community affairs
director for UK and coordinator of UKs Americas Promise effort. It is
not enough that an academic institution challenge young minds in the classroom and create
new knowledge in the laboratories. A university must transfer that knowledge to the people
in the surrounding community, state, nation and even the world. Being part of
Americas Promise is a way for UK to do this while helping improve the lives of our
communities citizens, including children.
is partnering in the program with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Lexington
is a Community of Promise.
fulfill its promise Enriching and Improving Lives of Kentuckys
Youth the University of Kentucky will develop several new programs, while
focusing on and expanding others already in place.
550 towns, cities, counties and states and more than 500 national organizations have
united to fulfill the five promises.
Americas Promise initiatives are expected to reach nearly 150,000 youth, and
Higgins-Hord said she hopes that number increases and more UK units become involved in the
program. UK departments and divisions involved in Americas Promise include UK
Student Ambassadors, the UK Athletic Department, 4-H Extension, the College of Human
Environmental Sciences, the College of Architecture, Student Affairs, the College of
Dentistry, UK fraternities and sororities, The Nubian Council, Panhellenic Council,
Interfraternity Council, UK Childrens Hospital and the College of Education.