NLC: A New Chapter Begins for NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education & Families


After Two Decades, A New Chapter Begins for NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education & Families
On a cold and snowy day in Boston nearly 20 years ago, then-Mayor Thomas M. Menino stepped to the podium at the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and announced the formal launch of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. This inspiring moment was the culmination of several years of hard work by Mayor Menino and a small group of other city leaders to develop his vision for the YEF Institute and raise start-up funds that would help translate that vision into reality.

Building Savings to Achieve the Workforce Cities Need for the Future
The impact of COVID-19 will last well beyond 2020 and city leaders are working with local partners to recover in ways that will respond to current and future workforce needs. Read more.

Housing and What’s Around It – Where We Live and How Well We Live After COVID-19
Knowing the impacts of a neighborhood’s natural and built environment on long-term health outcomes could encourage municipal leaders to take a closer look at their planning and development strategies. Read more.

Embedding Equity in Early Childhood Success
Whether in a big, small, mid-sized, city, town, or village — local government is uniquely positioned to improve early childhood outcomes and build a tomorrow where every child can succeed. It is through our local governments that we come together as a community. Read more.

Updated HEROES Act Passes the House
Last night, the House of Representatives voted and passed the updated HEROES Act by a vote of 214-207. Just before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that she was not able to strike a deal with the Administration over the revised HEROES Act. With no deal, members of Pelosi’s caucus voted their conscience. Read more.


The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning
The New Yorker – September 28, 2020

Stressed U.S. Cities See Slim Shot at Covid Relief After Shutout
Yahoo Finance – September 30, 2020


CELEBRATE: YEF 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration
Join the YEF Institute, current and former local officials and partners at the heart of this important work for a kick-off of our 20-year celebration, reflection and re-commitment to our communities. Celebrate with us!

ENGAGE: How Equitable Fines and Fees Strengthens Financial Security For Families
Join us for an engaging virtual presentation and discussion on key lessons learned from the CAFFE initiative and hear from local leaders about why reforming these crucial systems, through an equitable lens, can build financial security for all residents. Register now!

ATTEND: National Housing, Hazards, and Health Municipal Convening
The global COVID-19 pandemic and resulting downturn economy has pushed the issues of housing and health at the forefront of national conversation. Now more than ever, we must work to increase the number of children and families who live in healthy and hazard-free homes. Register here.

LEARN TOGETHER: Community Learning Hubs
Mayors, city councilmembers, and other local elected officials can leverage their leadership, bully pulpit, and convening authority to call upon community partners to help ensure that youth and families have access to what they need to successfully participate in virtual learning. Download the report.