State League Resources on Children, Youth and Families

State municipal leagues across the country have created a variety of programs to help their member cities and towns engage young people in local government and improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

The majority of state leagues have at least one program to promote youth civic engagement.  Many have developed robust initiatives on issues ranging from community wellness and afterschool programming to early childhood and family economic success.  A few have developed strong internal capacity to focus on children, youth and families issues over time through standing committees, nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and education affiliates, and a recurring focus on these issues at convention workshops and trainings.

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) created this online resource bank as a central source of information for state league staff and members on how leagues are helping municipal governments take action on behalf of young people and their families.  Use the links on the right-hand side navigation to learn about the following league activities:


YEF Institute-State Municipal League Partnerships

The YEF Institute partners with state leagues in numerous ways to help municipal leaders keep children, youth and families high on their cities' and towns' agendas:

To learn more about how the YEF Institute and state municipal leagues are working together on these issues, or to join the state league staff listserv, please contact Michael Karpman at (202) 626-3072 or karpman@nlc.org.