How Cities Are Using the Platform
Mayors and other municipal officials have used the Platform and two initiatives - the City Platform for Strengthening Families and the Mayors' Action Challenge for Children and Families - that formed the basis for this document to guide local efforts for helping children and families thrive:
- Virginia Beach, Va., outlined a set of citywide goals, including the Five Hundred Financially Fit Families for the Future Initiative.
- Nashville, Tenn., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Berkeley, Calif., developed comprehensive children and youth master plans, fulfilling a goal set as part of their participation in the Mayors' Action Challenge.
- Omaha, Neb., took steps to expand access to high-quality afterschool programs.
- Jacksonville, Fla., linked the Challenge to measurable, local goals for child and family well-being and its comprehensive anti-crime initiative, The Jacksonville Journey.
- Denver, Colo., announced "The Denver Youth Agenda: Advancing the Mayor's Action Challenge," which builds on a year of work to define measurable local goals in health, safety, and education, promote cross-sector partnerships and connect several large system-wide initiatives.
- Philadelphia, Pa., used the Challenge to raise awareness of two high-priority mayoral goals: cutting the city's dropout rate in half and doubling the college completion rate in 5-10 years.
- St. Petersburg, Fla., continued setting ambitious new goals for the Mayor's Mentors & More initiative.
- Louisville, Ky., set specific targets for the number of residents to connect to mainstream bank accounts through the Bank On Louisville initiative
- Minneapolis, Minn., set measurable goals for the Minneapolis Promise initiative to eliminate barriers to college and career success
- Rapid City, S.D., used the Platform to establish the highly successful Rapid City Task Force for Strengthening Families.
- Manchester, Conn., devised its Children, Youth and Family Master Plan to align with the action areas of the City Platform for Strengthening Families
- Mountain View, Calif., used the Challenge to develop a Youth Action Plan that presents a five-year vision for youth programs, goals and strategies.