Snapshot: Helping City Leaders Act on Behalf of Youth, Children and Families

From juvenile justice reform to linking post-secondary education to workforce success, the various teams and experts at NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families have helped city leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their communities. Here’s a snapshot of the work we’ve done in 2016, in no particular order. 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and a young Baton Rouge resident ride bikes together at a Healthy Baton Rouge event.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and a young Baton Rouge resident ride bikes together at a Healthy Baton Rouge event.


New NLC Task Force to Focus on Expanding Economic Opportunity
Launched by NLC President Matt Zone, the task force will pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials.

How Your City Can Improve Utility Collections While Helping Families
The LIFT-UP program offers city leaders a win-win scenario, allowing city utilities to recoup lost revenue due to unpaid bills while enabling residents to reduce outstanding balances and late fees, connect with financial empowerment services, and reduce the chances of a utility shut-off.

A New Education Playbook for City Leaders
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.

5 Things Mayors Can Do to Create Healthier Communities
NLC’s report, Addressing Health Disparities in Cities: Lessons from the Field, provides lessons learned and examples of actions that mayors and other city leaders are taking to intentionally address childhood obesity-related health disparities.

Looking to Expand Early Education Programs? We’ve Got You Covered.
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.

Our City Reintegrated Ex-Offenders and Reduced Jail Populations. This is How We Did It.
Charlottesville, Virginia Councilmember Kristin Szakos shares her city’s success story about helping convicted felons reintegrate into society – and reducing the city’s jail population in the process.