The YEF Institute sponsors several issue-focused peer networks that enable local elected officials and senior municipal staff to share ideas and best practices.
Formed in 2006, the Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) is a national peer learning network of municipal leaders working to create or expand citywide systems of high-quality afterschool opportunities for children and youth.
Formed in 2007, the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, the first of its kind in the nation, focuses on successful anti-gang policies and practices that interweave prevention, intervention, enforcement and a community's "moral voice" as an alternative to prison-only solutions. NLC and the Oakland-based National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) sponsor the network of 13 major cities, with support from the California Endowment and California Wellness Foundation.
Formed in May 2001, the Early Care and Education (ECE) City Network provides the training, tools, and supports that local officials need to improve outcomes for young children ages 0-5.
Formed in June 2003, the Early Childhood Learning Community is a small, invitation-only network of city officials who regularly share ideas and explore topics of interest related to early childhood.
Formed in 2001, the Family Economic Success (FES) Network provides the training, tools, and supports that local officials need to improve the financial stability of their residents.
Formed in May 2003, the Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN) is a national network that facilitates communication among senior municipal staff who are working with mayors on key issues related to education reform and school improvement. The network is open to senior mayoral advisors from the 75 largest cities.
The Poverty Reduction Peer Network (PRPN) was formed in 2008 in conjunction with NLC's Poverty Reduction Initiative and the City of Savannah, Ga., Step Up Poverty Reduction Initiative. It is a nationwide peer learning community that brings municipal leaders from 25-30 cities together to learn from each other and address challenges related to poverty.