Category: Youth

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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Why America Should Invest in Afterschool and Summer Programs

This is a guest post by Mayor Karen Best of Branson, Missouri. As mayor of Branson, one of my primary responsibilities is ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of our community. There is no better way to ensure our city’s future than providing our young people with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment

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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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Why Cities Should Support, Not Arrest, Homeless Youth

This is a guest post by NLC’s Lydia Lawrence. In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction with police and 44 percent have

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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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San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature

Here’s how the city is partnering with several groups and organizations to create equitable access to nature programming for its youth. This is a guest post by Tracy Muckey. This spring, Yolanda and three of her children joined a YMCA of San Francisco Family Camp in the Marin Headlands, a national park located on a

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Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here’s How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes. This post was written by Christie Joesbury. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” To create a roadmap and plot a clear course,

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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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How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting is a process that allows community members to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Guest author Ginny Browne explains how the city of Seattle incorporated the process and provides a toolkit for local leaders to follow suit. This is a guest post by Ginny Browne. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a better

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