Author: Bela Shah Spooner

Three New Briefs Show City Afterschool, Summer Investments Improve Workforce Development, College and Career Readiness

In three just-released briefs, NLC outlines how city leaders can leverage afterschool and summer learning programs as strategies to improve public safety, workforce development, and college and career readiness in their communities. Municipal leaders can use these briefs as valuable messaging tools to make the case to their state and local policymaker peers for afterschool

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Mayor Stodola: Afterschool and Summer Learning Absolutely Critical to Hone “Soft Skills” in Workforce Development

NLC President and Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Mark Stodola explains the importance of city officials and local business leaders investing in afterschool and summer learning programs as a way to address the “workforce skills crisis.” Last week, seven mayors and corporate executives from their respective cities met in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to explore new pathways

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10 Ways City Leaders Can Sustain and Expand Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs need mayors and city councilmembers to be their advocate. Here are several ways you can support afterschool initiatives — and the reasons why they likely align with your own community goals. A version of this post originally appeared in Afterschool Today, a publication of the National Afterschool Association. At the National League of

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Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?

The president’s budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion cut to school programs that will impact more than 1,600,000 children and their families. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind

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