Category: Youth

Canoemobile and CCCN Help Close the Nature Gap on Urban Waterways

(Featured photo: Julia Schweitzer) Canoemobile partnered with four of NLC’s seven pilot Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) cities to connect more children to their local waterways. This is a guest blog by Greg Lais, Founder and Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry. On a recent October day on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville,

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Keeping the American Dream Alive

This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland. The promise of economic mobility and opportunity lies at the heart of America’s culture and democratic society. At its core, this promise hinges on two basic concepts: first, that everyone has a chance to improve their economic status and wellbeing through personal initiative

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How Austin, Texas Got Equitable Economic Development Right

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Kevin Johns is the Economic Development Director for the City of Austin. This week I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin about Austin’s Einstein Challenge, an innovative program looking to lift out of poverty 40,000 children in the city. Carlos

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Introducing the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Municipal Action Guide

Just published online: A new resource for city leaders who want to take steps to connect more children to nature more equitably, from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the Children & Nature Network. “Connect children with parks and open spaces and do it in a way

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Expanding Afterschool Meals in Your Community

Earlier this week, 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 Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment team’s work in expanding afterschool meals. NLC was joined

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How Summer Jobs Can Teach Youth Financial Skills

This is a guest post by Amelia O’Rourke-Owens of America Saves for Young Workers. This summer, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth,

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Are Your Residents Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Park?

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 134 of the nation’s most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or a half-mile) of a

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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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