Category: Youth

Investing in the Future is Paying Off for Cities Today

Researchers, policymakers, educators and parents are increasingly recognizing the value and benefits of early childhood care and education. Even the President of the Unites States has made this issue a priority. Research shows that children who receive a high-quality early education are better prepared to succeed in grade school, in high school, and beyond. (Getty

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Opportunity for Cities to Help Young People Achieve Financial Success

NLC is providing guidance to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor on their new technical assistance opportunity to help cities include financial capability in their youth employment programs. Young jobseekers attend an open jobs call. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Each year, millions of youth in cities across the country participate in

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What President Obama’s New TechHire Initiative Can Do For Cities

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re the mayor of a big city or a small town – you understand that the economy is dynamic now, and you can’t just stand still; you can’t rest on your laurels.” – President Barack Obama At NLC’s Congressional City Conference on Monday, President Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd of over

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President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative: Connecting Kids to Nature and History

Two developments last week provide opportunities for cities to connect young people to the outdoors and to local history. The President’s new Every Kid in a Park initiative will help city leaders develop and expand strategies for getting more young people outdoors and connected to our national parks. (Getty Images) For some children, spending time

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Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance

“It doesn’t matter why people don’t have insurance; what matters is that we help them get it.” -Valerie McDonald Roberts, City of Pittsburgh (Getty Images) Although the 2015 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace has passed, there are still ways for children and families to get covered. Depending

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Five Ways Cities Can Promote Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs

Providing meals for children through federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs is a win-win opportunity for cities. Cities benefit by bringing more federal funds into their neighborhoods, and can improve the health and well-being of low-income children by increasing their access to healthy meals and their participation in fun and safe activities during out-of-school time

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Boston Youth Inspire Peers Nationally

This post was written by Stephanie Killiam, a summer intern for NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The Boston Youth Zone deserves a huge spotlight for their historic involvement in the nation’s first ever youth-led participatory budgeting project. Last November, Boston’s former Mayor Thomas Menino challenged Boston’s Youth to decide how to spend $1

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Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative: Lessons from the Planning Phase

After a very short six months, we have come to the conclusion of the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) project’s planning phase. On May 30, 2014, NLC received business plans from all 12 cities for outreach campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Business

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Summer Vacation Doesn’t Have to be a Break from Healthy Meals for Kids

No matter how many years have passed since you were in school, you probably haven’t forgotten that feeling of anticipation for summer vacation as school winds down for the year. Remember starting to get antsy sitting in class and thinking about sleeping in, homework-free afternoons and the hot summer sun? However, as those familiar with

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Highlighting Advances in City Policy for Disconnected Youth

The annual member’s forum of the National Youth Employment Coalition serves as a hothouse of ideas for advancing young people through work and education, in the face of the ongoing youth jobs deficit and dropout crisis. This year, three cities’ approaches to better policy and practice for disconnected youth stand out for their breadth and

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