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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  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the program goals?

The city manager and police chief in Gainesville assessed local arrest data and realized that black youth enter the juvenile justice system at a rate four times higher than white youth. Officials examined a variety of…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the program goals?

As a part of the effort to prevent youth criminalization and victimization more effectively, city, county and community leaders in Minneapolis collaborated to establish the Juvenile Supervision Center (JSC).…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Summary

Parents play the most critical role in shaping the lives of their children. The quality of their care, guidance and nurturing is essential to promoting positive health and developmental outcomes for young children. Yet many parents lack…

  • CitiesSpeak

Across the country, local, state and national initiatives are working to end youth homelessness, and many recognize the essential role of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies in these efforts. 

City leaders…

Bridge
Bridge
  • Press Release


Innovative financial empowerment program a “win-win” for cities and residents

WASHINGTON – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released an evaluation report highlighting the positive results of its two-year…

  • Headlines

WASHINGTON — The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), awarded grants to 10 cities in Kansas, Alabama and California to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC has teamed up with educational partners to produce a guide that features best practices for establishing high-quality childcare and pre-K programs – complete with examples from 19 cities across the country that are leading the way.

Kids playing
Kids playing
  • CitiesSpeak

Recognizing the extra burden on families during the summer, and challenges this can pose for maintaining a safe and vibrant city, local leaders are placing increased focus on expanding summer learning opportunities in their cities.

For…

  • 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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student
  • 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.