Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cities Urged to Apply for Technical Assistance on Children, Youth Plans

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cities Urged to Apply for Technical Assistance on Children, Youth Plans

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Cities are encouraged to apply for a new technical assistance project that will assist municipal leaders in implementing recently completed, comprehensive children and youth plans. The City-Schools Youth Planning Initiative (Phase Two) is sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), with support from the MetLife Foundation.

The YEF Institute has issued a request for proposals available at www.nlc.org/iyef. Based on the proposals submitted, the YEF Institute will select four to six communities to participate in this one-year technical assistance initiative.

Selected cities and their community partners will receive intensive assistance in building collaborations and coordinating systems that support the effective implementation of a children and youth plan. The deadline to submit proposals is August 10.

What is a Children and Youth Plan?

A children and youth plan allows city and school leaders to identify all of the ways they serve youth, assess where gaps exist, determine where to focus additional attention, and develop a master plan for addressing high-need areas while maintaining the services, supports and opportunities for youth in areas that show successful results. Such planning offers cities and schools an innovative and comprehensive way to improve the well-being of children and youth.

Many cities have already developed plans for children and youth to ensure that they grow up to be engaged and healthy members of the community. These plans may focus on a wide range of specific issue areas, such as: promoting early childhood development, improving education and after-school opportunities, supporting youth development, protecting youth safety, or promoting family economic success.

Cities that have developed plans for children and youth have created various names to define their final planning document. Several cities have adopted NLC's City Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth as a means for guiding their work in different issue areas and naming their children and youth plan.

A "youth master plan" is another term that cities frequently use to define their planning process and document. …

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