PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto has been appointed the co-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Council on Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Council) for 2015. The Council guides and oversees the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute).
The membership of the YEF Council, unlike other NLC committees or councils, is composed of not only local elected officials but also youth members and representatives from national organizations working to improve the welfare of children and families. The appointment was made in December 2014 by NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Council member Kristin Szakos of Charlottesville, Va., will serve as co-chair of the YEF Council with Mayor Peduto.
“The YEF Council provides an important voice for the nation’s cities and towns, generating recommendations for municipal leaders on strategies to improve outcomes for children, youth and families while guiding the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities.
As co-chair of the YEF Council, Mayor Peduto will play a key role in informing NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Obama Administration and at home. Issues covered by the council include early childhood development and education, health and wellness, afterschool programming, youth violence prevention and family economic success.
“Pittsburgh is making itself known as a leading urban lab to study the best ways cities can support its youngest residents, and turn them into thriving citizens,” Mayor Peduto said. “I want to thank the NLC and Mayor Becker for this honor, and can’t wait to begin advocating nationwide on behalf of children and families.”
Mayor Peduto was the only mayor nationwide chosen to speak at a White House summit on early education in December.
In a meeting with President Obama in December 2013 Mayor Peduto suggested that Pittsburgh could be a model for studying the positive impacts of early childhood education. Last summer U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan selected Pittsburgh for the announcement of a competitive grants competition for early education funding during a visit to the Hug Me Tight Childlife Center in the Hill District.
The Mayor then named a 20-member task force on Early Childhood Education in August to provide strategic perspective and resources on early childhood education initiatives in the city.
At the start of his term in early 2014 Mayor Peduto named an Education Task Force that marked the first time in decades that Pittsburgh education stakeholders came to together to collaborate.
NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families launched in 2000 under the leadership of the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The YEF Institute provides practical help and advice to mayors and other city leaders as they seek to address the needs of children, youth and families in their communities.
For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
The League announced it will hold its November 2016 convention in Pittsburgh, drawing 3,500 government leaders and experts to the city.
Friday, January 16, 2015
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