City Examples of Youth Master Plans

Berkeley, California (Population: 102,804)
The 2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth is a community-wide movement to eliminate racial disparities in academic and health outcomes among Berkeley's public school students by the year 2020. Developed in collaboration among the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), University of California-Berkeley and United in Action - a multiethnic coalition of faith-based and community organizations - the 2020 Vision emphasizes improving service coordination, applying data-driven strategy development and evaluation, strengthening parent/guardian engagement and initiating institutional systems change to support vulnerable children and families.

Brighton, Colorado (Population: 32,281)
Brighton used NLC's City Platform for Strengthening Families to guide its 2007 youth master planning process. The city enlisted more than 200 youth and adults through seven action committees that focused on each area in section two of the platform: early childhood success, education and afterschool, youth development, health and safety, youth in transition, family economic success, and neighborhoods and community.
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Caldwell, Idaho (Population: 46,237)
In September 2010, the City of Caldwell in partnership with the Caldwell School District began the process of developing a Youth Master Plan to pinpoint and address the greatest challenges facing youth ages 0-21 in the community. A youth coalition made up of a diverse group of volunteers from the public and private sectors as well as non-profit and student leaders, convened to lead the planning process. After examining the results of over one thousand surveys that were sent out to parents and students, the coalition developed a plan that addresses six areas of need each with two goals for how the community can improve services and opportunities for youth in those areas.

Charleston, South Carolina (Pop. 115,638)
In October 2005, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley appointed a youth master planning team to develop a countywide plan, gaining support from the mayors of North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and 14 other municipalities in Charleston County. This team of city, school, nonprofit, and faith community leaders trained facilitators to conduct focus groups and survey 900 youth in the county. The team used this community data to create the seven goals of their plan.

Claremont, California (Population: 35,419)
Updated in 2006-07, Claremont's youth master plan was the community's response to changing demographics and increased needs for children and families. The plan identifies 10 goals and includes both an implementation strategy and a monitoring system. Approximately 15 programs have been created since the start of the plan.

Denver, Colorado (Population: 610,345)
In April 2010, the City of Denver formally announced Denver's Youth Agenda. The agenda builds upon more than a year of work dating back to Dec. 2008, when then-Mayor John Hickenlooper convened city agencies, elected officials, community organizations, and leaders of the education, juvenile justice, health and mental health systems to improve coordination. Developed under the leadership of Mayor Hickenlooper and Councilmember-at-large Doug Linkhart, the data-driven youth agenda aligns with the Mayors' Action Challenge for Children and Families, focusing on specific, measurable local goals in health, safety, and education; promoting cross-sector partnerships; and connecting several large system-wide initiatives.

Dubuque County, Iowa (Population: 93,653)
The Dubuque County Youth Master Plan is the culmination of community efforts beginning in 2006 to engage stakeholders in a collaborative effort to create a more efficient service system for youth. The plan identifies priority areas, targeted outcomes, community partners, and sets forth a blueprint for creating positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Grand Rapids, Michigan (Population: 193,710)
Under the leadership of Mayor George Heartwell, Our Community's Children - a child advocacy office of the city and Grand Rapids Public Schools - initiated a planning process with a 39-member steering committee and a 25-member Youth Commission. City leaders worked in partnership with Kent County, ensuring the plan had citywide impact with countywide scope. The plan unveiled in May 2010 outlines goals for young people of all ages with a dashboard of result statements and indicators to measure progress. The city will develop an online data repository for child-related outcomes to be used as an accountability tool by a new Council for Child and Youth Outcomes.

Hampton, Virginia (Population: 144,236)
The Hampton Coalition for Youth brings together a wide range of community stakeholders to build a broad foundation of support for the healthy development of youth and to protect the city's investment in young people. The coalition's goal is that all young people will have: somewhere to go, something to do, someone to care, and some way to contribute. Hampton first adopted a youth master plan in 1993.

Manchester, Connecticut (Population: 56,388)
The Town of Manchester used NLC's City Platform for Strengthening Families as a framework for developing a comprehensive Children, Youth and Families Master Plan in 2008. A new Office of Neighborhoods and Families works with the Better Manchester Coalition to coordinate implementation, which includes development of a new neighborhood academy and neighborhood resource center.

Minneapolis, Minnesota (Population: 385,378)
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) revisited its 20-year strategic plan in 2006 and created a youth master plan. The Forum for Youth Investment's Ready by 21TM framework guided the vision statement and long-term goals of the plan, dubbed the Children and Youth Agenda 2020. YCB partnered with youth and a community organization to develop a youth resource mapping component. The city used a youth town hall forum to celebrate the completion of the plan, and published a 2009 children's report card to assess local efforts.

Mountain View, California (Population: 72,222)
In Jan. 2011, the City of Mountain View adopted a Youth Action Plan, the culmination of an 18-month process involving the City Council and its Youth Services Committee, city staff, community stakeholders, youth and parents. The plan both serves as a "call to action" highlighting the needs of vulnerable youth and focuses on coordinated program and service delivery, particularly for youth ages 12 to 18. It builds on accomplishments from a previous youth master plan completed in 1996, and is aligned with the Santa Clara County Children's Agenda, a Bill of Rights for Children and Youth adopted by the city in 2010, and the Search Institute's Developmental Assets framework.

Nashville, Tennessee (Population: 635,710)
In Feb. 2010, Mayor Karl Dean brought together 52 community leaders and youth to form a Child and Youth Master Plan task force co-chaired by Councilmember-At-Large Ronnie Steine and coordinated by the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth. Five committees focused on health, safety, out-of-school time, education, and mobility and stability. The plan identifies 14 desired outcomes linked to research findings, objectives and strategies. New initiatives include creation of the Nashville Family Connections Center (NFCC) to reduce the number of children and youth exposed to family violence, development of a shared data management system to track client information across service providers, and expansion of the Nashville After Zone Alliance.

Newport News, Virginia (Population: 193,172)
Newport News' 2002 youth master plan was a vision of the Youth Development Task Force. Results from this youth master plan include more opportunities for youth to provide input to addressing community issues, more opportunities for youth internships, employment, and volunteer services, and increased awareness of resources available to youth.

Omaha, Nebraska (Population: 454,731)
Under the leadership of former Mayor Mike Fahey, the City of Omaha developed a comprehensive strategic plan for "Investing in Omaha's Children and Youth" in April 2007. The goal of this effort is to ensure that all Omaha youth receive the education, training, and support needed to enable and motivate them to seize economic opportunities and achieve a productive future.

Portland, Oregon (Population: 566,143)
In 2006, with support from former Mayor Tom Potter and former County Chair Diane Linn, the City of Portland and Multnomah County adopted a Children and Youth Bill of Rights. Over the course of more than one year, municipal staff and community volunteers worked with a core group of youth in planning a process for drafting the document in a process that engaged more than 3,000 youth. The document was "ratified" by more than 500 youth at a Convention on the Rights of Children and Youth. Youth successfully advocated for the city's and county's adoption of the Bill of Rights, and created an action plan for implementation.

San Jose, California (Population: 964,695)
San Jose's 2001 youth master plan was designed to provide safe opportunities for youth to be successful and productive. It provides a framework for the city's youth services and educational support and identifies specific outcomes for city and community programs.

Thousand Oaks, California (Population: 123,520)
Thousand Oaks' 2002 youth master plan was designed to create a more "youth friendly," safe, and supportive community, assure that all youth-related policy and planning involved the local community, as well as public and private sectors that will utilize the information in the youth master plan.

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