Month: July 2015

Better Outcomes Through Data-Sharing: San Francisco’s Shared Youth Database

Do we really know our kids well enough to serve them well? If not, how do we build local partnerships and systems that make it possible to share sensitive and confidential information about young people while still protecting the privacy rights of parents and children? (Dobok/Getty Images) Over the course of four decades working to

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City Leaders Champion Financial Inclusion Programs that Put Families First

This is the second post in a new blog series on financial inclusion. The series explains what financial inclusion is and provides examples and action steps to help city leaders start or strengthen financial inclusion efforts. This post focuses on the role of city leadership in using financial inclusion to help strengthen and provide a

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Financial Inclusion Efforts Can Provide a Brighter Future for Low-Income Residents

This post was co-written by Courtney Coffin. Courtney is the senior associate for financial inclusion in the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.   This is the first post in a new blog series on financial inclusion. This series will explain what financial inclusion is and provide examples and action steps to help city leaders start

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Local Governments and Anti-Hunger Organizations Work Together to Improve Children’s Health

This post was co-written by Signe Anderson. Increasingly, city governments are partnering with local anti-hunger organizations to reduce child hunger and improve children’s health. Columbus, Ohio’s Make Summer Count program provides safe places for youth to get free nutritious meals. This summer, children can access these meals through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department food

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Early Learning Nation Expands by Seven Cities

The earliest years of life are critical to a child’s development. High-quality education and development for children from birth to age five not only promotes physical and social-emotional health and a strong foundation for success in school and life, it also helps build strong local economies and thriving communities. Credit: Ashley Wiley/Getty Images Communities across the

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Promoting Black Male Achievement in America: A Guide for City Leaders

In communities across the nation, black men and boys are disenfranchised. Whether one observes the employment market, the education and prison systems, or family success, black men and boys continue to consistently struggle in these areas in comparison to other groups across the country. As a result, city leaders are seeking to address these disparities.

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Court as a Last Resort: NLC Provides Cities with Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration

NLC has two new resources to support city leaders in helping to achieve better youth outcomes and improve public safety. These resources are provided through NLC’s ongoing partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. President Barack Obama recently called on city leaders to “make sure that our juvenile

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Resilience Leadership Workshop Offers Unique Opportunity for Local Officials, Staff

A riverbed in southern California lies empty as the region experiences record drought. (Getty Images) The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, in partnership with Esri, will host a Resilience Leadership Workshop for communities in southern California. Climate change is a global issue, but its effects and implications are very different at

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