The 100 Best honors communities that make youth a priority with programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the workforce. The competition is open to small towns, large cities, counties and school districts. Most winning communities have also taken steps toward improved access to health care for youth, encouraging youth civic engagement and supplying developmental resources that create better places for young people to live and grow.

Burleson Achievements & Offerings
Burleson was named one of the nation’s “100 Best” for its commitment to ensuring young people have an opportunity to succeed in the community. The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) brings together youth -13 to 19 -who are appointed by the city council to advise the city on community issues. The MYC gives participants an opportunity to lead and work with local officials and learn about state and national issues. MYC members take an annual trip to Austin to meet state legislators and attend the National League of Cities conference to share Burleson's best practices with other youth and officials from around the nation.

A collaborative effort facilitated by the City, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Burleson Independent School District established the Burleson Opportunity Fund with Hill College and Texas Wesleyan University. The goal is to raise funds and distribute scholarships to local high school graduates to continue their education. Since 2008, the fund has awarded tuition and fees to more than 115 scholarship recipients. These efforts are bolstered by the school district's College and Career Committee which offers college readiness programs and workshops for parents and students to learn about the financial aid and college application process.

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