Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Focus on Bringing Successful City Initiatives to Scale

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Focus on Bringing Successful City Initiatives to Scale

Article excerpt

Expanding successful city initiatives in order to serve more residents will be the focus of a free, hour-long audioconference for municipal officials. "Building on Success: Taking City Initiatives to Scale" will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The call is sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute).

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Most cities and towns have programs that seem to be improving outcomes for the children, youth and families they serve. In some cases, they are pilot projects launched by local governments or foundations to test promising approaches to challenging problems such as youth violence, chronic poverty or lagging academic achievement among poor and minority students. Other innovative programs are "home grown" by community groups or nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of neighborhood residents.

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All too often, however, these successful programs operate at a scale that is far too small to have a community-wide impact. Municipal leaders who seek to expand such programs typically face significant obstacles, including barriers to replication as well as ever-present financial constraints. To be successful, they need a focused strategy for taking programs to scale that builds upon the strengths of efforts already in place (e.g., strong leadership and personal connections to participants or residents) while also setting clear targets for serving larger numbers of children, youth and families across the community. …

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