March 2015 Newsletter

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YEF Institute Newsletter
The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) is excited to launch a new and improved monthly newsletter to make sure you stay up-to-date on new developments as well as funding and technical assistance opportunities. If you would like more information about something you read here, please contact Emily Pickren.

Featured Stories
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Afterschool Success: Small Cities Lead Local Innovation
NLC has a new, interactive resource on afterschool programs in small cities. This online publication provides valuable tools to help city leaders address city-specific challenges. It provides examples of local innovation as well as a variety of resources and suggested action steps.
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City Leadership on Juvenile Justice Reform
Our latest municipal action guide provides recommendations on how city leaders can increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth through juvenile justice reform.
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Cities Can Reduce Childhood Hunger Through Federal Meal Programs
NLC's latest issue brief highlights the important role elected officials can play in ensuring that young people have access to meals when they are out of school.

From the CitiesSpeak Blog
Opportunity for Cities to Help Young People Achieve Financial Success
by Heidi Goldberg
Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance
by Dawn Schluckebier
President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative: Connecting Kids to Nature and History
by Emily Pickren

Upcoming Opportunities & Events
In partnership with the Children & Nature Network, we’re working on a new initiative to ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in outdoor spaces. Is your city already taking steps to promote youth development by getting more young people outdoors? Send us your story and get involved today!
Read more about the new Cities Promoting Access to Nature initiative
Register for the Children & Nature Network 2015 Conference: Inspiration and Action for Healthy Communities