Upcoming Opportunities Sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Launched in 2000, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) has become the nation's primary source of information and expertise on municipal strategies to promote child and family well-being.

Over the next few months, city officials can take part in a number of opportunities sponsored by the YEF Institute, including:


This year, the YEF Institute's monthly webinar series will focus on creative local partnerships to help children, youth and families succeed. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time: "Using Ready by 21 Tools to Guide Youth Master Planning"
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time: "Healthy Food Shortage: How Cities Can Use Federal Meals Programs to Reduce Childhood Hunger and Obesity"
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time: "Black Male Achievement: Promising Practices to Improve Education, Work and Family Outcomes for Young Black Men"
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time: "City Innovations to Empower Families in the Evolving Financial Marketplace"
Register for these free, one-hour webinars at https://my.nlc.org/eweb.

Statewide Mayoral Summits on Afterschool

Sponsored by statewide afterschool summits in partnerships with state municipal leagues with assistance from the YEF Institute and support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, these summits will be held in Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Contact Bela Shah Spooner at (202) 626-3057 or spooner@nlc.org for more details.

Leadership Academies

The YEF Institute will competitively select cities that applied to participate in upcoming regional leadership academies (May 2-3 in Washington, D.C., and May 22-23 in Portland, Ore.) focused on city strategies to combat child hunger by increasing participation in the federal Afterschool Meal Program.

Technical Assistance Projects

The institute will provide technical assistance to selected cities as part of new initiatives to strengthen citywide systems of afterschool programming, increase college completion rates, reengage disconnected youth, prevent gang violence and ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Details: To learn more, visit Institute for Youth, Education & Families or contact Michael Karpman at (202) 626-3072 or karpman@nlc.org.