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Tools to Improve Communities

August 4, 2009
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Public/Private Ventures
Despite recent improvements, the rate of pregnancy among American teens is almost twice that of English and four times that of French teenagers (Singh and Darroch, 2000). Thus, teen pregnancy remains a problem in the United States.
August 4, 2009
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America's Promise Alliance
Drawing from the work of leading researchers and educators from around the country, the Alliance for Excellent Education has identified ten key elements that every high school should have in place to ensure that all its students are successful. The list includes challenging classes, a safe learning environment, and skilled teachers.
August 4, 2009
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National League of Cities
Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families.  The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families.  With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families.
July 29, 2009
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Create Now
Learn about a few all-stars who, with the help of Create Now and its mentor volunteers, have turned their lives around.
February 18, 2009
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The Finance Project recommends a variety of overlapping strategies, including stressing direct benefits resulting from a partnership with business, showing positive results from your youth program and acknowledging partners through public forums to gain in-kind and cash support from local businesses and foundations.
February 4, 2009
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Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) is a hunger-relief charity with a nationwide network of member food banks and other community programs.
January 12, 2009
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WireTap Magazine
2008 was a year that saw war, violence, human rights abuses and environmental degradation, WireTap also found powerful examples of young people making a real difference.
November 1, 2008
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National League of Cities
November 1, 2008
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National League of Cities
This action kit highlights steps city officials can take to help young people who are not connected to school, work, or caring adults.
November 1, 2008
NLC Creating a Youth Master Plan Cover
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National League of Cities
This action kit for municipal leaders offers tips and advice for the development of a city-schools youth master plan.