With a $3.25 million grant provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies through its national KidsWell Initiative, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has launched a new, three-year project to help municipal leaders increase children's access to health insurance coverage. Competitively selected cities will have the opportunity to receive pass-through funding and technical assistance as they lead local efforts to boost children's enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
With a $1.5 million grant from The Walmart Foundation and in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has launched the second phase of a national initiative to reduce childhood hunger by expanding participation in federally-subsidized afterschool and summer meals programs.
As part of a $1 million initiative supported by The Walmart Foundation, NLC will partner with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to host two leadership academies that will help city leaders learn how to combat child hunger by increasing participation in the newly-expanded federal Afterschool Meal Program. These convenings will be held May 2-3 in Washington, D.C., and May 22-23 in Chicago, Ill.
Five cities - Houston, Louisville, San Francisco, Savannah, Ga., and Seattle - will receive technical assistance and $5,000 mini-grants to support the collection of data on residents' access to mainstream financial services. Supported by the Ford Foundation, the project will address key barriers to evaluating the progress of local "Bank On" programs, which connect residents to low-cost bank accounts, financial education and other asset-building opportunities.
Through the Bank On Cities Campaign, the YEF Institute provided intensive technical assistance to 18 cities as they sought to replicate Bank On San Francisco, which connects low- and moderate-income families to mainstream financial services and products. As this model has rapidly spread to cities around the country, the YEF Institute has provided assistance to many additional cities beyond this initial cohort and continues to serve as a resource for municipal leaders interested in launching similar programs in their own cities.
In 2004, the YEF Institute provided technical assistance to six cities to help them design or enhance outreach strategies to connect working families to multiple state and federal benefits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Project cities included Cleveland, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; New Haven, Conn.; Oakland, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.