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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  • Research Report

A child’s health is a key predictor for his or her future success and well-being. Unfortunately, far too many children face barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential because of where they live, learn and play.

The…

  • Research Report

A young person’s involvement in the juvenile justice system often begins with an encounter with law
enforcement and his or her arrest as a result of that encounter. Many youth who are arrested for low-level
offenses such as skipping…

  • Research Report

The YEF Institute recommends that cities adopt a framework for juvenile justice reform that draws upon current research into adolescent development. The research confirms the common sense notion that adolescents are especially prone to risky…

  • Research Report

City leaders can increase public safety and improve outcomes for young residents by changing how their cities respond to young people implicated in delinquent acts or accused of crimes. When city policies end up channeling large numbers of youth…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the target goals?
Since 2010, city officials in Columbia have led efforts to integrate financial inclusion into city government departments and services, directly funded financial empowerment programs, enacted policies to support…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Summary

L.A. Cash for College is one of the region’s largest financial aid awareness campaigns that works to create a college-going culture in Los Angeles. Since 2001, the program has helped nearly 238,000 students and their families prepare for…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Summary

Representing more than 200 organizations, Remake Learning is a professional network of schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, higher education institutions, education technology companies, philanthropies,…

  • CitiesSpeak

A new online resource with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models is available to city officials looking for positive results from their municipality's juvenile justice system programs.

photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC’s 2016 Reengagement census suggests a very positive return on investment for cities that pursue a systematic approach to academic reenrollment programs.

The newest census of dropout reengagement programs from…

photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work

In recent years, new research has produced a sea change in our understanding of children's educational development. Municipal leaders are increasingly aware that the learning experiences and opportunities available to children early in life are…