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Oklahoma City routes grant to Infant Crisis Services

The Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to transfer a $2,500 grant to Infant Crisis Services. The money comes from America's Promise Alliance, which has recognized Oklahoma City as one of the 100 best cities in the country for young people.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: November 20, 2012

Infant Crisis Services is the latest entity to benefit from Oklahoma City's recognition for being a good place for young people.

America's Promise Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit, once again is recognizing Oklahoma City as one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People, and the recognition comes with a $2,500 grant. Infant Crisis Services will receive the money if the Oklahoma City Council votes Tuesday to accept it as expected.

Oklahoma City has been recognized six times; each time America's Promise has compiled the list. The list recognizes communities that have efforts across several spectra to better the lives and opportunities for young people.

“We're not looking for perfect communities,” spokeswoman Colleen Wilber said. “What we look for are communities that are really committed to making their young people's well-being a priority across the board.”

Oklahoma City's recognition stems from large public projects like MAPS for Kids, and efforts by neighborhoods, businesses and nonprofits to help children.

Jo Lynne Jones, director of development and communications for Infant Crisis Services, says the grant was a pleasant surprise and comes at a good time. The nonprofit typically sees increased need during the holidays.

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