Students taking an exam
Students taking an exam

Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support youth education beginning with pre-school, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

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  • CitiesSpeak

Just published online: A new resource for city leaders who want to take steps to connect more children to nature more equitably, from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the Children…

Child holding art
Child holding art
  • CitiesSpeak

In this day and age, everyone should have access to healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.

Nearly one-in-five children in my city of Columbus, Ohio, is food insecure. This mirrors…

Kids learning
Kids learning
  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our fourth stop, we discover how the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas, is making local and regional…

Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. In Austin, we meet with key stakeholders and Mayor Steve Adler to learn about the next steps in ensuring…

Austin, Texas.
Austin, Texas.
  • CitiesSpeak

Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students, parents, teachers, elected officials, college…

Students.
Students.
  • CitiesSpeak

As mayor of Branson, one of my primary responsibilities is ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of our community. There is no better way to ensure our city’s future than providing our young people with opportunities to learn and grow in a…

Children at play, by Getty.
Children at play, by Getty.
  • CitiesSpeak

When I talk to citizens, the first thing they bring up is jobs –  jobs for themselves, jobs for their children.

When I talk to business leaders, the first thing they bring up is workers – workers for today, workers for tomorrow.

Education
Education
  • CitiesSpeak

In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction…

Youth volunteering
Youth volunteering
  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our second stop, we discover how Nashville, Tennessee is moving policy and…

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, we've embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our first stop, we discover how the city of Charleston, South Carolina,…

photo - How Charleston Creates a City of Opportunity
photo - How Charleston Creates a City of Opportunity