Research Interns Conduct Community Survey

TAMPA, Fla. (July 23, 2008) – Research interns from the University of South Florida are conducting surveys in the Tampa Bay community to analyze why Tampa deserves designation as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for the year of 2008 from the America's Promise Alliance by going to the source – Tampa Bay's young people. The interns are part of the Positive Youth Development program of the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities.

According to the Alliance, it takes fulfillment of five developmental resources for young people to become successful in life – what they term the "Five Promises":  caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. The USF interns are checking with young people to see if these promises are being fulfilled. 

"We’re interested not only in whether or not young people in the bay area agree that Tampa deserves the honor of being called one of the 100 best communities for young people, but also how Tampa can be a better place for them and what improvements could be made," said Judi Jetson, director, USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities. "This year's interns were eager to use the research skills they learned with us this summer and enthusiastic about gathering the data. We think everyone will be intrigued with their findings."

The findings of the survey will be presented July 29, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Avenue.  This event is free and open to public with an RSVP by calling (813) 974-7318. 

The 100 Best Communities for Young People is an annual competition that recognizes outstanding community-wide efforts that improve the well-being of youth.  According to America's Promise Alliance, children who receive at least four of the "Five Promises" are much more likely to succeed in life than those who experience only one or zero of the promises. 

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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