Tools & Resources

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

    This toolkit draws upon lessons learned over the past 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. One of the toolkit chapters focuses on strategic partnerships developed between city leaders and local neighborhoods.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families (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. Several chapters highlights the broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership around developing effective neighborhood-based initiatives.

  • Combating Poverty: Emerging Strategies from the Nation's Cities (2008)

    This report highlights local poverty reduction strategies from 13 cities across the nation. The survey responses compiled in the report demonstrate how municipal leaders are well-positioned to lead citywide initiatives to reduce poverty. City examples highlighted in the report include municipal efforts to support vulnerable populations and neighborhoods.

  • Implementing a Citywide Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (2008)

    This strategy paper highlights comprehensive, citywide gang prevention initiatives in San Jose, San Bernardino, and Santa Rosa, Calif. These strategies are derived from lessons emerging from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.

  • Vital Partners: Mayors and Police Chiefs Working Together for America's Children and Youth (2006)

    This report, developed through a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and conducted in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, highlights mayor-law enforcement partnerships to keep young people safe in 17 cities and towns.

  • A City Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth (2005)

    The platform identifies the "essential infrastructure" needed for sustained progress on behalf of children, youth, and families, and offers a menu of ideas and action steps that cities of any size can take in each of seven issue areas.