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

The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) was able to match 200 of those disengaged young adults with appropriate education programs, with a “stick rate”  (the percentage of people who remain in their education program for the academic year) of 74…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Implementing successful programs like this takes commitment from multiple partners as well as funding, participant recruitment, event planning, and risk management strategies.

This is a guest post by Greg Lais and Phil Ginsburg.

  • Research Report

LIFT-UP was a two-year pilot project conducted by the NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families in five cities. LIFT-UP offers city leaders a "win-win" scenario, allowing city utilities to recoup lost revenue due to unpaid bills, while…

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  • CitiesSpeak

In last Thursday's post, we showed that curfew laws can have unintended consequences. Here are a few steps city leaders can take to ensure the safe and fair application of curfews for minors.

This is a guest post by Sana Johnson. It…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Do curfew laws really protect city youth and increase public safety? This is the first of two blog posts on curfew within a broader series on opportunities for municipal leadership in juvenile justice reform.

This is a guest post by Sana…

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curfew
  • CitiesSpeak

Local jails detain 19 times the number of individuals of state and federal prisons combined - but cities have the power to reduce those numbers.

In its most recent step supporting city leaders to reform the justice system, the…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Federal immigration measures have a local impact.

It was a different crowd today at the Supreme Court. The number of children on the courthouse steps may have exceeded the number of adults, and the voices on the microphones were speaking…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

This new research-to-practice memo outlines exactly how city leaders can reach better public safety and youth development outcomes.

The new Research to Practice Memo: How City Leaders Can Draw Upon Adolescent Development Research…

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prison
  • CitiesSpeak

The TEDx-style talks will take place during the City Summit this November in Pittsburgh. If you think your city has a creative, unique initiative worth sharing with other small cities, please submit your proposal.

Mayor Garrett Nancolas of…

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  • CitiesSpeak

The YEF Council Education Playbook provides examples of 27 action steps taken by select U.S. cities to provide greater resources and opportunities for their communities and for youth from early childhood to postsecondary success.

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