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. The platform encourages leaders to build on their local assets and opportunities and highlights essential "infrastructure," key functions and processes crucial to effective investments in children and families.
The Abecedarian Project was a comprehensive early education program for young children at risk for developmental delays and school failure. The program operated at a single site between 1972 and 1985, in North Carolina, and underwent numerous assessments of its long-term effects on participants. The Abecedarian Project involved two components: a preschool intervention and a school-age intervention.
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is based on the belief that strong relationships within families can buffer against the risk of adolescent depression or suicide and help in the recovery process. ABFT is a psychotherapeutic model, with a foundation in attachment theory. Attachment theory posits that when parents are responsive and protective, children develop a healthy sense of self, trust in others, and better capacity for independence and affect regulation. Ruptures in attachment security can increase the risk for psychopathology.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is designed to reduce PTSD, depression, and anxiety among children with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The 10 session program teaches cognitive behavioral skills in a group format with 6-8 students per group, using a mixture of didactic presentation, examples, and games to solidify concepts. Some components of the program include: relaxation training, combating negative thoughts, reducing avoidance, developing a trauma narrative, and building social problem solving skills.
The Mayors 10-Point Plan, called “Strong Cities, Strong Families for a Strong America”, reflects some of the policies that the Conference has adopted over the past few years and is used as a guide as the mayors engage the 110th Congress, the Administration, and the 2008 presidential candidates on significant issues and priorities that directly impact America’s cities and families.
The 99 Ways Toolkit is an interactive booklet that provides everything from nutrition and fitness lesson plans to shopping menu tips to strategies to involve parents and community members -- all to help you make your after school program and your community healthier places for youth and families. The toolkit includes simple ideas on how to promote healthy eating, provide time for physical activity, get family involved, and much more.
Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development is an experiential education program for young people. It reaches youth throughout the state of New York; 4-H Youth Development is a nationwide program that reaches youth in every county in the United States. 4-H Youth Development programs create positive opportunities for youth to develop life skills and become engaged in the work of the University.
Located in an inner-city north-central Philadelphia neighborhood, the Cooke Middle School After School Recreation Program (CASP) complements the school's more academic-based programs by offering activities designed to promote students' physical, emotional, and social well-being.
Deal Me In… food and fitness (DMI) is an after school program developed by the Dairy Council of California to provide fun, hands-on, engaging ways to introduce and reinforce healthy eating and physical activity. The program is designed to help youth choose individual foods that contribute to their health by choosing healthy breakfast and snacks; choose physical activities that contribute to their whole health; recognize healthy food choices when away from home, specifically from vending machines and fast food restaurants; identify appropriate portion sizes according to the U.S.
Girlfriends for KEEPS (Keys to Eating, Exercising, Playing, and Sharing) is an obesity prevention program for low-income African American girls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its physical activity intervention goals are for girls to (a) increase frequency of participation in sustained, moderate-to-vigorous intensity activities, (b) decrease time spent in sedentary activities, and (c) experience feelings of enjoyment, physical competence, and self-confidence in performing a range of physical activities.