Grandparent and grandkids in park
Grandparent and grandkids in park

Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, health and community wellness, reengagement of disconnected youth, and family economic success, the YEF Institute is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families.  

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  • Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today the National League of Cities, Arnold Ventures and the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill showcasing innovative local on-the-ground strategies to address mental health, substance use, and…

San Antonio Councilmember Ana Sandoval
San Antonio Councilmember Ana Sandoval
  • Issue Brief

Current criminal justice policies lead 11 million people to enter U.S. jails each year. The effects of short jail sentences and more commonly, pre-trial confinement, include loss of jobs and housing; stigma and disenfranchisement from criminal…

Reducing the Use of Jails
Reducing the Use of Jails
  • Issue Brief

NLC is offering city leaders in the Southeastern U.S. an opportunity to strengthen educational opportunities for their youngest residents through the use of children’s savings accounts (CSA). By joining the Southern Cities Children's Savings…

  • Research Report

City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address underlying factors affecting the health of their residents and the vibrancy of their city. The National League of Cities launched Cities of Opportunity in…

This work was designed to help cities deepen efforts to support the early childhood workforce by promoting strong government, aligning professional development opportunities and mobilizing key stakeholders to leverage increased support for the…

In a growing trend that began with Takoma Park, Maryland, many cities are exploring lowering the voting age to 16 or 17 for municipal elections.

Many young people are engaging in civic leadership in their communities, working jobs, as…

Participatory budgeting allows people of all ages to be involved in how their city spends a portion of its budget. While these initiatives can be used by any member of the public, they allow youth to take on valuable roles in addressing important…

Youth councils or youth advisory boards can provide an effective way to engage youth in city government.

Youth councils provide a conduit for youth voice to city leadership, help promote civic engagement and…

Youth Councils in City Governmenthttps://www.nlc.org/sites/default/files/users/user93/IYEF-Starting-a-Youth-Council_web.pdf
Youth Councils in City Governmenthttps://www.nlc.org/sites/default/files/users/user93/IYEF-Starting-a-Youth-Council_web.pdf

Youth summits can be an effective way to begin a new youth-focused city initiative, or a means of gathering youth views to guide municipal policies and planning. They provide a forum where young people can interact and brainstorm while community…

This strategy guide serves as a starting point for city leaders and staff who want to actively and authentically bring local youth into the process as real partners at the table.

It outlines strategies cities have successfully used to…