Author: Indira Jimenez

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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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. Editor’s Note: This post has been changed, including a new LIFT-UP Impacts graphic

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How Data is Transforming Education in Nashville

When those closest to students collaboratively use data, students are given individualized opportunities that enable them to excel. Too often, education happens in siloes. Programs and funding streams are separate, schools and afterschool programs are islands, and no one speaks the same language. But students don’t come in pieces. We will not help every student

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Los Angeles, Caltrans Team Up to Provide Job Opportunities for City’s Former Inmates

A new agreement in California shows how cities can improve public safety and help communities by supporting people returning from detention in jail. This is a guest post by Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino. This post is part of a series that previously featured Charlottesville, Virginia, Councilmember Kristin Szakos during National Reentry Week in April.

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