July 2015 Newsletter

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YEF Institute Newsletter
Happy summer! This month’s newsletter features our newly released juvenile justice reform issue brief, plus so much more! The brief includes promising examples intended to assist city leaders and local law enforcement in achieving better youth outcomes and improving public safety. In addition, learn how local governments are partnering with anti-hunger organizations to improve children's health, and how your city can participate in an upcoming Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy.

Featured Stories
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This blog post links to our new issue brief, Alternatives to Arrest for Young People, which provides examples of how law enforcement agencies can divert youth accused of minor offenses from arrest when appropriate. It also includes another new resource – a collection of new and proven trainings to improve relations between police officers and community members, including young people in particular.
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The YEF Institute and the Center for the Study of Social Policy are partnering on a new initiative designed to improve outcomes during the first five years of life for children in communities across the U.S. Through this initiative, supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, we hope to catalyze a shift in the way local communities approach and invest in early childhood care and education.  
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The Wallace Foundation has released a report on afterschool system building, Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered about Building Afterschool Systems. The report provides a digest of the latest thinking on how cities can coordinate efforts to boost access to high-quality afterschool programs, and the important role mayors can play in promoting and leading these efforts. The YEF Institute has been a major partner in the foundation's system-building efforts.

From the CitiesSpeak Blog
by Mara Heneghan
by Jonathan B. Jarvis
by Elena Hoffnagle
by Laura Furr

Upcoming Opportunities & Events

NLC and Children &Nature Network will host two Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academies in October – one in Salt Lake City, Utah and the other in St. Paul, Minnesota. Applications from city officials interested in participating are due by Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Webinar: Every Kid in a Park Initiative
President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced in early 2015 to provide all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to federal lands and waters for a year. Register for an upcoming webinar to learn more details about this exciting initiative, and ways to participate. The webinar will be held three times during the month of August. Click on a link below to register.  For all three webinars, please use the following conference call line: 888-455-3079, Passcode: 8445870.