Grandparent and grandkids in park
Grandparent and grandkids in park

Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, health and community wellness, reengagement of disconnected youth, and family economic success, the YEF Institute is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families.  

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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, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education…

Youth worker.
Youth worker.
  • CitiesSpeak

Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety.  Local…

People at a table.
People at a table.
  • CitiesSpeak

Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest,…

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

National League of Cities and the Center for the Study of Social Policy are currently working with partner communities to pilot the Early Learning Community Action Guide in preparation for wider release in 2018. These materials expand upon Early…

  • CitiesSpeak

Here's how the city is partnering with several groups and organizations to create equitable access to nature programming for its youth.

This is a guest post by Tracy Muckey.

This spring, Yolanda and three…

photo - San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature
photo - San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature
  • CitiesSpeak

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going,…

photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
  • Research Report

City leaders know their cities thrive when their residents are healthy and financially secure. Health insurance coverage, whether through the private market or government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide
photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide

Read more about Authentic Youth Engagement in this guide.