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Title: National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

National League of Cities Institute for Youth,
Education, and Families
  • The 5th National Forum of the Coalition for
    Community Schools
  • Community Schools Creating the Conditions for
  • Baltimore, Maryland June 14-16th, 2006

National League of Cities
  • Represents roughly 18,000 cities
  • Direct member cities 1,600
  • 49 state municipal leagues
  • Work with local elected officials from cities of
    all sizes and all parts of the country

NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Launched in January 2000 by Boston Mayor Tom
  • Not a think tank but rather an action tank
  • Provides municipal officials with
  • Guidance and assistance on core program areas
  • Information on promising/best practices
  • Peer Learning Networks of local officials
    working on similar issues and concerns.

YEF Core Program Areas
  • Obesity in Children Youth
  • Disconnected Youth
  • Safety of Children and Youth
  • Transitional Jobs
  • Help for Working Families
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Afterschool
  • High School Reform
  • School Improvement
  • Youth Master Planning
  • Youth Leadership Youth Participation in
    Municipal Government

Municipal Leadership-WHY?
  • Challenge and opportunity for cities and towns of
    all sizes
  • Cross-system collaboration likely key strategy to
  • Mayors (and other municipal leaders) are an
    underused resource

Cross-system collaboration as strategy
  • Features of agencies engaged in collaboration
  • Porous
  • Responsive to new norm
  • Ready to overcome policy, procedural, attitudinal
  • Sometimes two systems, sometimes multiple

  • Definition Exchanging information, altering
    activities, sharing resources and enhancing the
    capacity of another for mutual benefit and to
    achieve a common purpose. -- Himmelman, 2002
  • Distinct from networking, coordinating,
  • Another definition putting the money on the
    tableand taking your hands off.

One in six disconnected...
  • 3.8 million between 16 -24 neither in school nor
    employed number is increasing
  • 20 in New York City, Los Angeles
  • 20,000 per year leaving foster care
  • 200,000 per year leaving correctional facilities
  • Overlaps teen parents, homeless, runaways

Disconnected Youth Case Study Sites
  • Albany, New York
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San José, California

Early Findings - Case Study Sites
  • Importance of leadership
  • Multi-dimensions of cross-system collaboration
  • Importance of intermediary or lead agency
  • Importance of accountability systems, attention
    to data

Baltimore, Maryland Population 651,000
  • Strong record of collaboration between the school
    system and youth employment and training.
  • Operation Safe Kids pilot brings numerous
    agencies together for integrated and holistic
    case management of some of the citys youth most
    involved with the justice system.

San José, CaliforniaPopulation 895,000
  • Bringing Everyones Strengths Together (BEST)
    funding collaborative pursues strategic
    prevention, intervention, and suppression
    initiatives, functions as a community
    foundation for youth programs.
  • The city provides significant operating and seed
    funding - 3 million/year
  • Leadership comes from the mayor through the Gang
    Prevention Task Force.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (population
  • CORA Beacon, an afterschool program for high
    school youth, situated in Grover Washington
    Middle School.
  • Achieving Independence Center is a comprehensive
    one-stop center for young people aging out of
    foster care. Developed as a partnership between
    the city Department of Human Services and the
    Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation.
  • Strong intermediaries such as Philadelphia Youth
    Network and Philadelphia Safe and Sound help
    convene and direct focused energy on the needs of
    vulnerable older youth in transition.

Why Engage Mayors and Councilmembers in Education?
Successful public schools and afterschool
programs are critical to
  • Health and well-being of communities
  • Public safety and crime reduction
  • Economic development
  • Strong and engaged citizenry
  • Student academic achievement

Municipal Interest in Education
  • 93 of city officials say that the quality of
    education is very important to the well-being of
    their cities
  • 95 of city officials say that they are very
    concerned or somewhat concerned about the quality
    of education in their communities
  • City officials cite that the most persuasive
    reasons for improving the quality of education in
    their communities are
  • Improve community life and cohesion
  • Foster economic growth
  • Develop a skilled workforce
  • Attract and retain families and residents

Education and Economic Development
Lifetime earnings of 18-65 year olds for high
school graduates and dropouts in the state of
Massachusetts (in 1,000)
All Men Women 729 954
490 1,075 1,398 755 346 444 265
No diploma or GED High school graduate or GED
holder Difference in lifetime earnings
City and School Collaboration
  • Strong partnerships can
  • Address social and economic conditions of the
    most vulnerable students with wraparound
    services, etc.
  • Remove obstacles to achievement through teacher
    recruitment support, school readiness
    improvement, etc.
  • Achieve savings through joint-use agreements,
    shared maintenance, etc.

Strong, effective partnerships elicit positive
outcomes for kids, families, and communities
Helping Municipal Leaders Expand Options and
Alternatives for High School
A 24-month technical assistance initiative to
help mayors and councilmembers foster strong high
school learning communities that prepare all
students for college, work, and citizenship Work
in 5 cities Corpus Christi, Tex., Hartford,
Conn., Phoenix, Ariz., San Antonio, Tex., San
Jose, Calif.
Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Creating a broader awareness within the community
    of alternative high school options, community
    partnerships, and community schools through a
    series of forums
  • Held a forum in December on full service
    community schools

Phoenix, Arizona
  • Developing standards for small schools
  • Creating more professional development
    opportunities for small school staff

San Antonio, Texas
  • Preparing for a city-wide summit that will be
    attended by over 200 people
  • The summit will focus on three major issues
  • Pre-natal to Pre-K
  • P-16
  • Workplace Skills

San Jose, California
  • Developing a 4-tier plan for high schools
  • Parental involvement with high school youth
  • Expansion of truancy prevention/intervention
  • Creation of high school afterschool programs
  • Asset inventory of current services for youth

Municipal Connection to Afterschool
  • Mayors and Councilmembers see the critical link
    between afterschool and other community goals
  • Workforce/economic development
  • Public safety Juvenile crime/violence
  • Reduce time for risky behaviors
  • Ensure the health and well-being of communities
  • Help working families school age care and worker
  • Support academic achievement
  • Increase youth civic participation

Municipal Leaders Value Afterschool
  • Every year since 1995, 21 of municipal leaders
    consider afterschool programs as one of their
    citys top three most pressing needs
  • 65 of respondents in large cities said their
    municipalities provide direct afterschool
  • 35 of elected officials said their cities
    offerings of afterschool programs are less than
    adequate for children and families.
  • 78 of city officials believe afterschool
    programs enhance their effort to curb juvenile
    crime or violence during daytime hours.

Municipal Leaders Engaged in Afterschool
  • NLC works with municipal officials to help them
    use their leadership/bully pulpit to
  • Promote partnerships to strengthen and support a
    citywide afterschool system
  • Increase awareness of importance of afterschool
  • Build public will and support
  • Broaden access
  • Assess local resources and needs
  • Improve quality
  • Align in-school with out-of-school time learning
  • Finance citywide systems
  • Develop governance structure

Municipal Leadership to Expand Learning
Opportunities (MLELO)
  • Charlotte, NC Build public will by empowering
    neighborhood leaders
  • Fort Worth, TX Improve program quality by
    creating standards, sustainability
  • Fresno, CA Address lack of programs in
    low-income neighborhoods
  • Grand Rapids, MI Identify local resources, gaps
    in services and afterschool needs
  • Indianapolis, IN Find funds through partnership
    and collaboration
  • Lincoln, NE Promote partnerships by engaging the
    entire community
  • Spokane, WA Empower Youth
  • Washington DC Build partnerships to raise
    academic achievement

Integrating Education and Afterschool
  • Brockton, MA Develop a standard afterschool
  • Cleveland, OH Advocate for city tax levy to fund
    afterschool initiatives
  • Little Rock, AR Create a city-school liaison to
    focus on alignment
  • Norfolk, VA Create citywide standards and model
    middle school program
  • Pasadena, CA Infuse project-based learning into
    afterschool and share learning standards
  • Waco, TX Increase links through professional
    development and community assets

City Leaders Engaged in Afterschool Reform (CLEAR)
  • Goals
  • To engage mayors and city councilmembers in
    building citywide afterschool systems
  • To improve the availability and quality of safe,
    enriching and recreation activities
  • To align in-school learning with afterschool
  • To develop sustainable systems for afterschool
  • To connect cities with state-level efforts
    through the Mott Foundations Statewide
    Afterschool Network efforts

CLEAR Cities (Phase II)
  • Alexandria, VA created OST office, build public
    will for new afterschool programs
  • Baton Rouge, LA community assessment, engaging
    broad stakeholder group, financing
  • Boise, ID Mayors Council on Children Youth,
    youth mapping, public engagement campaign
  • Bridgeport, CT integrate all citywide
    initiatives into strategy, sustainability, ensure
    program equity, partnerships
  • Denver, CO community assessment mapping,
    citywide vision, quality improvement
  • Florence, SC juvenile crime prevention, broad
    stakeholder group, develop business champions
  • Las Cruces, NM community engagement, standards,
    cross-community partnerships to increase
  • Salt Lake City, UT citywide summit to engage
    stakeholders, financial sustainability,

Recommended steps to creating systems to engage
  • Convene stakeholders
  • Assess strengths/needs
  • Involve youth
  • Use existing resources
  • Gather data
  • Build public and leadership support

Action Kits
  • Reengaging Disconnected Youth
  • Supporting Early Childhood Success
  • Improving Public Schools 
  • Expanding Afterschool Opportunities
  • Promoting Youth Participation
  • Helping Working Families
  • Protecting Children and Youth

Questions to consider
  • 3. Assuming gaps need to be filled - who would
    you involve in developing an initiative?
  • 4. What are some immediate steps you want to
    take regarding youth when you return to your
  • What are the situations facing youth in your
  • Is there a collaborative effort in your city to
    engage youth and how well is it working?

Contact Information
  • National League of Cities
  • Institute for Youth, Education Families
  • 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20004-1763
  • Lucinda Dugger Phone 202/626-3052
  • Jessica Sandoval Phone 202/626-3035
  • Bela Shah Phone 202/626-3057