The Forum for Youth Investment, working in collaboration with NLC, recently launched the Tennessee Cities Challenge to help local policymakers develop a shared and actionable vision for youth in their communities. Through this initiative, 5-7 selected communities in Tennessee will receive training to implement the principles of Ready by 21® - a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states make a measurable difference in the lives of children and youth.
NLC and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) have initiated a network of 13 major cities in California to combat gang violence and victimization. The California Cities Gang Prevention Network focuses on building broad-based, cross-system teams to develop successful policies and practices that interweave prevention, intervention, enforcement and a community's "moral voice" as an alternative to prison-only solutions.
Supported by the MetLife Foundation, this project helped six cities - Charleston, S.C.; Lakewood, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Lexington, Ky.; Portland, Ore.; and Grand Rapids, Mich. - implement comprehensive plans for children and youth.
Through the MetLife Foundation City-Schools Youth Planning Initiative, the YEF Institute offered technical assistance to six cities to help them develop youth master plans. The selected cities included Charleston, S.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; Diamond Bar, Calif.; Edmond, Okla.; Lakewood, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minn.