Thursday, October 15, 2009
Bryan staff, council members attend national summit
BOSTON – Several Bryan staff and council members joined local leaders in Boston on Oct. 11-13 for the 2009 National Summit on Your City’s Families.
Hosted by the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), the summit focused on the country’s most innovative city initiatives promoting child and family well-being, including strategies to help families cope with the current economic climate.
“It was beneficial for us to learn what other cities are doing and for us to share with them some of our innovative programs,” said Ronnie Jackson, Bryan’s coordinator of neighborhood and youth services.
Councilmember Ann Horton served as a panel member along with representatives from the cities of Seattle and San Francisco in a session titled “Beyond Paycheck-to Paycheck: Building Pathways toward Family Financial Stability.”
“While my fellow panelists shared information about how they established some of their innovative programs, my primary role was to illustrate how local elected officials can lead the charge in their communities to implement such important strategies,” Horton said.
Summit attendees participated in general sessions, workshops and site visits highlighting city programs and strategies in areas such as:
• Family financial stability
• School improvement and dropout prevention
• Afterschool programming
• Youth violence prevention
• Early literacy and school readiness
• Childhood obesity prevention
• Re-engaging disconnected youth
In addition, members of Bryan’s team participated in a day-long roundtable discussion with representatives from 10 U.S. cities and eight cities from the United Kingdom on promising strategies to reduce poverty.
Jeannie McGuire, founding president of Project Unity and a member of Bryan’s team said the highlight of the trip was “being invited by the UK delegation to join them for a tour of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum followed by a reception and more exchange of ideas.”
“I felt proud to be from Bryan, Texas,” McGuire added.
To learn more about the 2009 National Summit on Your City’s Families, visit http://www.nlc.org/iyef/.
The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, a special entity within the National League of Cities, helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their communities. NLC launched the YEF Institute in January 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, city council members and other local leaders can play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth.
The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
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