Children and Youth

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Children and Youth

Local leaders grapple with a variety of community development and public health challenges as they craft and approve policies impacting children, youth and families. Elected officials and key staff work with community partners to engage with and provide services to children, youth and families. This section of the Institute’s website includes relevant resources, materials and stories that demonstrate what local governments are doing to improve and create vibrant and healthy communities for children and youth to live, learn and play.

Local leaders grapple with a variety of community development and public health challenges as they craft and approve policies impacting children, youth and families. Elected officials and key staff work with community partners to engage with and provide services to children, youth and families. This section of the Institute’s website includes relevant resources, materials and stories that demonstrate what local governments are doing to improve and create vibrant and healthy communities for children and youth to live, learn and play.

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California Summer Meal Coalition

The California Summer Meal Coalition (CSMC) is an ILG initiative to combat food insecurity and childhood obesity by ensuring low-income children and youth have access to healthy food when school is out by increasing access to USDA summer meal programs.

CSMC brings together local and state leaders in child nutrition and physical activity, summer learning, food policy, anti-hunger, youth development, school district leadership, city and county leadership, along with the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. These groups share their expertise to develop and promote strategies that strengthen our communities when school is out.

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Governments Engaging Youth Toolkit

Governments Engaging Youth Toolkit

Youth Present to the Board as Family and Peers Listen A variety of programs engaging youth in government have provided students opportunity to learn about local government, careers in local government and how to advocate for community change. The Institute’s Governments Engaging Youth (GEY) project is working to support, expand and enhance municipal-school partnerships that increase youth-civic education opportunities, including exposure to public sector careers.

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Engaging Youth

Resources and case stories to help local officials and staff develop and maintain effective youth commissions and to engage youth in the civic and

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