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Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, health and community wellness, reengagement of disconnected youth, and family economic success, the YEF Institute is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families.  

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  • CitiesSpeak

No matter how many years have passed since you were in school, you probably haven’t forgotten that feeling of anticipation for summer vacation as school winds down for the year. Remember starting to get antsy sitting in class and thinking about…

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Group of kids
  • Press Release

Chris Coleman is the Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., and President of the National League of Cities.

In October 1924, John G. Stutz, Executive Secretary of the League of Kansas Municipalities, invited the then-21 state municipal…

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Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org.

There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s…

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Children
  • Press Release

Saint Paul, Minn. - As part of Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative, the National League of Cities (NLC), YMCA of the USA and the Department today signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to bridge the growing disconnect…

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Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Tonja Rucker, Principal Associate for Early Childhood at NLC. The post also appears on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's blog.

Historically, education and human service systems have developed independently…

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Mom and son reading
  • Press Release

On April 9-11, the 11 cities selected to participate in NLC's City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement initiative gathered in Oakland, Calif. for their first cross-site convening.  The intensive three-day meeting provided cities with the…

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Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

The annual member’s forum of the National Youth Employment Coalition serves as a hothouse of ideas for advancing young people through work and education, in the face of the ongoing youth jobs deficit and dropout crisis.

This year, three…

  • CitiesSpeak

In my last blog post, I examined the reasons why cities and local elected officials are getting involved in enrolling children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It’s simple—connecting families to public…

  • Press Release

In a city of 60,000 with a high school graduation rate of 88 percent, does it matter if 300-500 16-21 year olds have not received a high school diploma? Two short years ago, leaders in Dubuque, Iowa said definitively: Yes, it does matter, we want…

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Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama called on the philanthropic and business communities to help his Administration come up with solutions to the myriad challenges faced by young men and boys of color. He…

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