Tag: afterschool

Afterschool Programs Advance Educational, Life Success of Nation’s Youth

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Many working families would agree that lengthening the typical school day by up three hours would better align with the typical 8-5 workday. That school day extension may not be music to the ears

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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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Why Social And Emotional Skills Matter Most for Employers

Imagine you are the head of a local business or international corporation. What are the skills your new hires must have? While technological skills such as coding and computer science skills are incredibly important to land the highest paying jobs, social-emotional skills such as empathy, critical thinking, collaboration and teamwork, and interpersonal communication are top

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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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Fourteen Cities are Working Together with NLC to Combat Childhood Hunger

In an effort to build citywide campaigns to reduce hunger in local communities, the National League of Cities (NLC) is bringing fourteen cities to Kansas City, Missouri, in late May to participate in the CHAMPS Cities Combating Hunger Leadership Academy, with these cities becoming eligible for grants and technical assistance to meet their goals. Cities

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What City Leaders Had To Say In 2017

In 2017, local leadership took center stage in the American political arena. Whatever the issue — climate, immigration, foreign affairs, public safety, law — mayors and city councilmembers emerged as a clear voice of reason in an unsteady time. Throughout the year, we’ve proudly worked to elevate the voices of city leaders on CitiesSpeak, bringing

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In St. Paul, NLC Leaders Host Afterschool Symposium

Today, in conjunction with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, NLC leaders convened four mayors in Saint Paul, Minnesota to explore how city officials and business leaders can partner with local afterschool and summer learning programs to address the “work force skills gap,” and help ensure local children and youth

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America’s Next Great Workforce Begins with Afterschool

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) is convening a symposium of mayors and corporate leaders to discuss and share their perspective on the workforce skills (that have been referred to as “soft skills” or social and emotional skills) gap —

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How Cities Are Helping Children Get The Nutrition They Need

It’s no secret that city leaders are committed to improving child nutrition and enrichment. As part of the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) program, over 30 cities are working with the National League of Cities (NLC) to connect kids with better nutrition and enrichment programming — resources that will help them

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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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