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.
The YEF Institute has launched a new initiative to help cities better align local early care and education programs with their public school systems. Through the initiative, made possible with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and an anonymous donor through Wellspring Advisors, and with early support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the YEF Institute will identify, explore and document strong city models for aligning early childhood and K-12 systems.
The YEF Institute serves as managing intermediary for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Communities Learning in Partnership project, which seeks to boost postsecondary graduation rates by better coordinating the services that colleges, schools and cities provide to students. The initiative is part of the Foundation's postsecondary success strategy aimed at doubling the number of low-income young adults who earn postsecondary degrees or credentials by the age of 26.In September 2010, the cities of New York City, San Francisco, Mesa, Ariz., and Riverside, Calif., were selected to each receive $3 million over three years to align academic standards between high school and college, strengthen data systems, implement early assessment and college prep strategies, and create support systems to help dramatically increase the number of students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential. These four cities were selected from seven sites that received $250,000 planning grants in September 2009.
With support from Lumina Foundation for Education, the YEF Institute launched a two-year initiative to engage cities in efforts to help young adults complete postsecondary education. The Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success initiative will stimulate and strengthen local collaborations to increase the rate and shorten the time within which residents finish higher education with a degree, certificate, or other credential.