This monthly newsletter features ILG news and resources as well as upcoming events of interest to local officials, staff and residents across California.
Support ILG on the Big Day of Giving
The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings people together to raise money and celebrate all of the incredible work that nonprofits do. This year, ILG is participating to help raise funds to support California’s local governments and the communities they serve. If you believe that good government starts with well-informed leaders with access to trusted and impartial resources and that supporting good government at the local level is an investment in California’s future, we hope you will support us on May 4th! Find out more about the Big Day of Giving here.
April is National County Government Month
April is National County Government Month, an annual celebration of county government. The theme this year is “Brilliant Ideas at Work,” where county officials are encouraged to share the successful programs that have positively impacted residents. ILG’s partner, the California State Association of Counties, highlights the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California counties through their annual Challenge Awards. These unique awards recognize the creative spirit of California county governments as they find innovative, effective and cost-saving ways to provide programs and services to their citizens. Read more about the 2016 recipients here and find the 2017 call for entries here.
Governments Engaging Youth
Looking for ways to connect the youth in your community to local government? ILG is offering a webinar in conjunction with the California Special Districts Association on May 23rd, to help local governments engage with youth and demonstrate the benefits of partnerships between schools and local governments. Register here!
Earlier this month, ILG provided testimony to the California Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee hearing at Reseda High School in Los Angeles on the benefits of school-municipal partnerships. ILG continues to look for opportunities to underscore the importance of youth civic engagement and engage in an ongoing dialogue on how to better represent California youth.
Cities Fight Hunger and Improve Youth Health With CHAMPS
Access to healthy food is a vital aspect in determining the overall well-being of a city’s residents. The National League of Cities (NLC) is helping California residents combat hunger through the CHAMPs initiative, which increases access to after-school and summer meals for residents in need. ILG, through the California Summer Meal Coalition, is working closely with the NLC to provide technical assistance to cities interested in launching projects to address childhood hunger and promote healthy eating. Read more.
Cities and Schools Partner for Positive Outcomes
After years of addressing youth issues such as homelessness, hunger and public safety as isolated, individual problems, Culver City has developed a strong collaborative effort that is having a transformational impact. Two years after adopting the Culver City Compact, a partnership among the city, schools, local businesses and community organizations, the city is now sharing data and streamlining services to better serve youth in need from “cradle to career.” Read more.