April 2015 Newsletter

 
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YEF Institute Newsletter
Welcome to the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) April newsletter. Check out our video responding to the First Lady's Gimme Five challenge, read about our new project to incorporate financial education into local youth employment programs, learn about how city parks and recreation departments are helping to close the nutrition gap and much more. If you would like more information about something you read here, please contact Emily Pickren.

Featured Stories
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NLC Launches Project to Incorporate Financial Capability into Local Youth Employment Programs
To improve the ability of young people to effectively manage their finances - from spending and saving to building credit  – we’re embarking on a new project to identify best practices for local leaders to incorporate financial capability strategies into municipal youth employment programs.

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NLC Accepts the Gimme Five Challenge
NLC’s CEO Clarence Anthony accepts the First Lady’s #GimmeFive challenge to do five healthy activities in honor of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! NLC is the lead national partner with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. 
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Educating the 21st Century Workforce
Employer demand for postsecondary credentials is growing. Recognizing this reality, Florida cities are working with partners to lower the barriers to postsecondary access and completion, particularly for low-income students, working adults and those who are the first in their families to go to college.
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Beyond Number Crunching: The Role of City Treasurers in Reducing Poverty The YEF Institute’s Heidi Goldberg talks to Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition, about the role of city treasurers in championing programs that help low-income residents build financial stability and gain a stronger foothold in the financial mainstream. 
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How Cities Can Help Ease the Transition from Early Care and Education to Kindergarten for Children and Families
The transition from Pre-K to kindergarten is a significant and sometimes overwhelming process for both children and parents. City leaders and elected officials are well positioned to promote transitional practices to ensure that more children enter school ready to succeed.

From the CitiesSpeak Blog
Investing in the Future is Paying Off for Cities Today
by Emily Pickren
Cities are Taking up the Charge of Juvenile Justice Reform
by Laura Furr
Parks and Recreation Agencies Can Help Fill the Summer Nutrition Gap
by Jamie Nash

Upcoming Opportunities & Events
Kids to Parks Day is May 16, 2015!
Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust in cooperation with a host of national and local collaborators, including city leaders!
Registration Now Open for the 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville
We want to hear from you as we prepare to deliver the most responsive, dynamic and engaging annual conference yet. What would you like to learn this November in Nashville? Tell Us Now!