Category: Education

The 3 W’s of a Citywide Afterschool System: Why, Who, and Where

As a municipal leader, you may be familiar with the programs available at local recreation centers, a YMCA, or Boys & Girls club, but you may not know if the most vulnerable children and youth in your city have a safe place to go after school. The Wallace Foundation report, Governance Structures for City Afterschool

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Gary, Indiana Mayor Touts Importance of City-Supported Afterschool Programs

The mayor met the young boy as she arrived at the Gary, Indiana Boys and Girls Club to lead a team in the “celebrity” basketball game celebrating the organization as a local provider of afterschool and out-of-school-time programs. He told her, “I want to tell you something later.” The theme for the evening was “Don’t

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Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Residents Save for College

The rising cost of education and the impact student loan debt has on youth and families can stunt a person’s buying power significantly over time. Financial insecurity delays the purchasing of homes and pushes more parents to take on their children’s education debt—increasing their own financial instability further. But local leaders can help residents within

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Three New Cities Commit to Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda

Fort Worth, Texas; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Atlanta joined the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Cities Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda initiative. Launched In 2018 by the NLC Institute for Youth Education and Families (YEF), the project offers city leaders guidance and support to establish and strengthen prenatal to age 3 strategies

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Youth Leaders Reflect on the 2019 Congressional City Conference

This is a guest post written by Barry Dechtman, Ivanna Fregoso, Su Bin Chang, and Esmeralda Aquilar, members of the NLC youth delegates program.  We were proud and excited to be among the 181 strong youth leaders from 35 cities across the country who came together at the 2019 Congressional City Conference. The youth delegate

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How Out-of-School Time Programs Support Workforce Preparation in Arkansas

This is a guest post by Laveta Wills-Hale, the Network Director of the Arkansas Out of School Network. As the holidays season is upon us and the first half of the school year has come to an end, we have an opportunity to reflect upon the myriad of experiences that many children have had over

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Electric School Buses Make for a Safer Ride for Kids

This is a guest post by Matt Casale, transportation campaign director with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. What do parents want when they put their kids on a school bus? Yes they want their kids to get to school on time, they want them to get along with the other kids or get more

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Powering Summer Learning Across the Country

This is a guest post by Laura Johnson, vice president of communications for the National Summer Learning Association, and Jason King, senior vice president of corporate communications for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. When it comes to summer in America, there are baseball games and barbecues, roller coaster rides and fireflies — and oh yes, the “summer

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NLC Reengagement Network Releases New Tools for Cities

With the release of two new tools for cities this week, the National League of Cities Reengagement Network is adding to the universe of resources for implementing or adopting comprehensive strategies to reconnect opportunity youth to jobs, education and civic life. The annual Reengagement Census, updated with information from 20 sites for the 2016-17 school

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Community College Will Shape the Workforce of the Future

I have witnessed firsthand how community colleges have changed lives. Following a five-year tenure at city hall with the former president of the New York City Council, who ran for mayor and was defeated, I landed a job at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), one of seven community colleges in the City University of

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