November 2015 Newsletter

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YEF Institute Newsletter

Featured Stories
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At this year's Congress of Cities in Nashville, NLC's YEF Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary. We had a fun, interactive session, Completing the Puzzle for Children and Families, with nearly 200 participants. We also debuted a new video highlighting our work to help local leaders improve the lives of kids and families in their communities over the last 15 years.

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Among more than 4,000 attendees at the conference, over 200 youth delegates from across the country participated in the Congress of Cities this year. NLC's youth delegate program offers young people the opportunity to attend workshops and general sessions alongside adult delegates. Youth-specific events included  a mock Iowa Caucus and dinner at Vanderbilt University. Read more about the youth delegates' adventures in Nashville!

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Through our Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative, we honored 36 cities and counties and five local leaders for their leadership and commitment to preventing childhood obesity. To date, approximately 80 million Americans live in a city, town or county participating LMCTC.
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In a special guest post, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman note that to improve educational outcomes and be truly competitive in the 21st century, cities must work to close the opportunity gaps that now undercut academic achievement for far too many students and create more and better learning time for those most at risk of falling behind.

From the CitiesSpeak Blog
by Heidi Goldberg
by Laura E. Furr and Lisa Sorenen

Upcoming Opportunities & Events
Calling young leaders! Apply to join NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families. Four spots are reserved youth on the council, and one of them could be yours!
Applications are due by Friday, December 11, 2015
This webinar will highlight the work of two local police departments, Philadelphia and Brookline, Mass., to create and maintain effective and fair diversion programs for juvenile offenders. 
Friday, December 18, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Monday, December 7, 2015 1:00 pm ET
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