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Youth Policy News- January 2017

January 2017 edition of the Youth Policy News



January  2017
Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Around the Country, Youth Are Taking On Environmental Issues: Tell Us about Local Efforts in Our Short Surveyyouthenvironment
Twenty-one plaintiffs, ranging from ages 9 to 21, have filed a federal lawsuit against the government for failing to protect future generations against climate change. Hailed by the Washington Post to be "the trial of the century," the case described as "plucky millennials" vs the fossil fuel industry has legal standing in the federal court system to proceed to trial. Associated with this effort, Our Children's Trust is a nonprofit advocacy group assisting the plaintiffs, and provides legal and engagement support to elevate the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere.
Such an unprecedented case has inspired thoughtful action around the country as young people engage in an issue that will loom large in their futures. These reported efforts have led the Forum for Youth Investment to ask whether and how localities around the country are engaging young people in issues related to the environment. We would love to hear about your local efforts to engage young people in environmental issues. To share your story, take our two question Survey Monkey survey found here.
Early Childhood Leaders Convene on Financing Options to Expand Programsecfinancing
North Carolina Chambers of Commerce leaders, County Commissioners, early learning program providers, private foundations, community organizations, local school board members, Smart Start local partnerships and business leaders spent a day together discussing how to make greater local investments in young children. Thirty leaders from Buncombe, Durham and Forsyth counties learned about local financing options to expand early learning programs in their communities.
The training was led by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) and the NC Budget and Tax Center (BTC). The training built on NCECF's earlier publication Local Funding for Early Learning: A Community ToolkitThe toolkit provides information and steps for considering a local financing initiative - detailing strategies, opportunities and challenges, getting to action and results. One workshop participant suggested, "If your community is considering locally expanding early care and education services, this toolkit and workshop are essential to your planning." More about the North Carolina financing workshop can be found here
Forum for Youth Investment Webinar Recording on Exploring a Local Children's Cabinet Availablecabinetwebinar
In November, the Forum for Youth Investment, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties hosted a webinar to help cities and counties explore whether a children's cabinet is right for them. Across the nation, county and municipal leaders are aligning multiple agencies to develop better policies, procedures and programmatic efforts to support the success of children, youth and their families. The webinar explored options for coordinating such activities through a children's cabinet. The webinar featured two models: the Denver Mayor's Children's Cabinet and the Fairfax County Successful Children and Youth Policy Team. The webinar is available online.  
Governing Magazine Features Local Dedicated Children's Fundsgoverning
Governing Magazine released an article about the increased efforts around the country to establish voter-approved local dedicated funds for children's services. These funds - in which voters decide to tax themselves to ensure kids have expanded or improved services - are becoming increasingly common.
The article describes these efforts, providing background on the social and policy landscape in which these funds are emerging. The article quotes Elizabeth Gaines, senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, who described local, dedicated children's funds as "a budding movement." The Governing article goes on to describe the Forum's process of assembling a database of every city and county with a voter-approved children's tax fund. If you have information on a local voter approved children's fund that is not on our map please share with Elizabeth@forumfyi.org.
Reminder: J-PAL Applications for Evidence-Based Policy Makingjpal
The deadline to submit Letters of Interest for the J-PAL North America competition for technical support to states and localities to improve evidence-based policy making is February 17, 2017. This announcement was also featured in the November Youth Policy. Information on applying can be found here.
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Publishing Date: 
January 19, 2017