Author: Indira Jimenez

Oakland Promise Creates Opportunity for Students and Families

This is a guest post from David Silver, Director of Education for Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students,

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Cities Are Rethinking How They Use Jails. Here’s What the Experts Think.

On August 28, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families held a monthly Twitter chat, an interactive communications effort inviting partners, experts, and novices to engage in a conversation on one of the institute’s initiatives. This month’s chat focused on the Youth and Young Adult Connections Program’s work in rethinking jail use in American cities.

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Moving Policy and Practice for Education and Employment

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our second stop, we discover how Nashville, Tennessee is moving policy and practice to create equitable opportunities in postsecondary education and employment. This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey

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We Chatted With City Leaders on Twitter About Housing & Health. Here’s What They Had to Say.

On July 26, we co-hosted a briefing with the Urban Institute to explore the role of mayors and city leaders in achieving better health outcomes through safe, affordable housing initiatives. Addressing Health and Housing: How Cities Are Making a Difference focused on emerging city-level affordable housing models and the role of data, partnerships, and financing

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5 Things Your City Can Do on Summer Learning Day

July 13 is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, healthy and safe while out of school. Here are five ways your city can promote its summer programs — plus a playbook and a few ideas from other cities. While the summer months mean fun in the sun and

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Cities Contribute to Hitting the Reset on Mass Incarceration

Three new resources from the National League of Cities (NLC) offer an introduction and strategy overview for cities on the overuse and misuse of jails, opportunities for city leadership to reduce the use of jails and attendant disparities, action steps to get started and examples from around the country. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families developed these

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How Youth Summer Jobs Build Long-Term Success

  America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW), a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth Education and Families, helps youth establish strong financial habits through its financial capability program. Last summer, 22 employers in 18 U.S. cities offered the program to over 21,000 youth employees. As youth employment programs ramp up

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3 Ways Cities Can Help Working Parents

September 16 is National Working Parents Day, offering local leaders an opportunity to reflect on how their cities support and honor the hard working families who make up the backbone of their communities. In the 21st Century, the majority of parents work outside the home and rely on a number of supports and services to

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Prosperous Cities Are Healthy Cities

YEF Institute’s new grant spurs deeper city engagement in addressing key issues regarding health improvement and economic advancement. “When you look at maps of neighboring communities and zip codes and see significant disparities in life expectancy within a couple of miles – sometimes blocks – you’re compelled to advance policies to address those gaps in

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