Tools & Resources

  • Municipal Leadership for Black Male Achievement (2012)

    This municipal action guide highlights potential strategies and promising city approaches for reducing the persistent disparities between black males and their peers in the areas of education, work and family.

  • Reducing Gang Violence through Reentry Services (2011)

    The risk of recidivism is extremely high for the growing numbers of formerly incarcerated people are released from prison, jail, or other correctional facilities. This action guide, published as part of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network initiative, highlights strategies and action steps for delivering effective reentry services, particularly to gang-affiliated individuals

  • Elected Official's Toolkit for Jail Reentry (2011)

    While there has been increased attention to reentry from state and federal prisons in recent years, little attention has been paid to the 9 million individuals annually released from local jails. This Urban Institute toolkit can help local elected officials improve the jail-to-community reentry process and reduce recidivism rates.

  • Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive (2010)

    This toolkit draws upon lessons learned over three years from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city network sponsored in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to identify strategies for reducing gang violence and victimization.

  • Expanding Options: City Roles in Creating High School Alternatives for Struggling Students (2010)

    This report draws upon lessons learned from a YEF Institute project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in which five cities - Corpus Christi, Texas; Hartford, Conn.; Phoenix, Ariz., San Antonio, Texas; and San Jose, Calif. - increased the choices available to students who struggle in traditional high school settings or are at risk for dropping out.

  • Publicly-Funded Jobs: An Essential Strategy for Reducing Poverty and Economic Stress Throughout the Business Cycle (2010)

    Originally presented at an Urban Institute conference on Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA held in January 2010, this paper - coauthored by Clifford M. Johnson, executive director of the YEF Institute; Amy Rynell, director of the National Transitional Jobs Network; and Melissa Young, associate director of the National Transitional Jobs Project - makes the case for using public-service employment (PSE) and transitional jobs programs to combat economic recession and advance long-term workforce development goals. The paper was originally presented at an Urban Institute conference on Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA held in January 2010.

  • Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring of People with Criminal Records (2010)

    This report published by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the YEF Institute highlights innovative local hiring policies that enable people with criminal records to find work, live within the law and give back to their communities. The guide highlights an emerging trend in which cities "ban the box" that asks about an individual's criminal record on city job applications.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Youth in Transition Chapter (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. The chapter on youth in transition highlights a broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Youth Violence Prevention Chapter (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive.

  • Setting the Stage for New High Schools: Municipal Leadership in Supporting High School Alternatives (2007)

    This report outlines seven key policy conditions that facilitate the expansion of alternatives and options for dropouts and other students who struggle in traditional high school settings, as well as promising collaborations among mayors, school district officials, and alternative high schools program innovators. The report showcases examples of municipal leadership in Atlanta, Boston, Corpus Christi, Hartford, Phoenix, San Jose, and Seattle.

  • Beyond City Limits: Cross-System Collaboration to Reengage Disconnected Youth (2007)

    This case study report highlights eight cities in which municipal leaders have collaborated across public systems on behalf of disconnected youth.

  • Reengaging Disconnected Youth (2005)

    This action kit highlights steps city officials can take to help young people who are not connected to school, work, or caring adults. The kit recommends steps that cities can take to promote educational achievement, develop stronger workforce connections, support youth in transition from the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and build a citywide system of support.

  • Connecting Vulnerable Youth: A Municipal Leaders Guide (2003)

    The YEF Institute, in cooperation with AED's Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, produced this publication to provide an in-depth look into the roles municipal leaders play in the lives of disconnected youth and to give an overview of effective approaches and promising strategies.