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

This post was co-authored by Peter Eckart, Alison Rein and Nick Wallace.

Data can be a powerful tool for understanding issues, making smarter decisions, and improving results – and city leaders can help build a culture of health by…

photo - The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data
photo - The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data
  • Toolkit

An estimated 2.8 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school nor employed. In many big cities, up to one-fourth of all young adults can be characterized as “disconnected.” The problem is also severe in rural communities…

City park
City park
  • Toolkit

In every city and town, many stakeholders share responsibility for the safety, well-being, and healthy development of young people. School districts typically take the lead on education. City parks and recreation departments and nonprofit…

Park
Park
  • CitiesSpeak

City teams heard from a panel of three national experts about the area where workplace and economic support policies intersect with early childhood education.

Earlier this month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education,…

student
student
  • Research Report

Jack Calhoun, the author of this profile, is a senior consultant to NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and to the U.S. Department of Justice for its National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence.

Introduction

The absence of…

  • CitiesSpeak

The world of professional, competitive video gaming is expanding at a rapid pace – and you might be surprised to learn that cities stand to benefit from its growth.

Twitch streamers (…

esports
esports
  • Case Studies & Practices

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Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the city of Avondale is working closely with one of the local school districts to enhance its Avondale Education and Community Engagement Initiative. This effort assists with…

  • Research Report
Developing a comprehensive municipal agenda for strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth requires sustained effort. Local leaders have moved forward on these issues from different starting points, reflecting the diverse…
  • Research Report
We know that opportunities to learn and grow must begin in the earliest years of life, with parent education and support as well as community-wide initiatives that emphasize early literacy.

Home visiting programs, supports for informal…

  • Research Report
More than 100 mayors signed on to the Mayors' Action Challenge for Children and Families since it was launched November 2008. As part of the Challenge, approximately two-thirds of the mayors set specific, measurable, locally-defined goals and…