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This policy brief examines several case studies depicting how school districts have aligned diverse state and federal funding to increase the quality and capacity of after school programs.
States have a serious responsibility to enact policies and practices and implement programs to ensure significant benefit for residents’ health. Using state report cards, this report assesses how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults as of 2018. These report cards assess states on a large number of indicators, primarily looking at state policy, implementation of key public policies, and a few measures that summarize the reality on the ground for youth and others seeking access to recreational facilities or safe walking and bicycling facilities.
When setting the national bike advocacy agenda, the League of American Bicyclists believes that it is important to include a range of different perspectives, particularly from youth voices; not only does this empower younger participants, but it is a necessary first step toward championing an equitable bike movement where more people of color and others with marginalized perspectives can contribute. This report outlines recommendations for how the League of American Bicyclists could provide a meaningful role for youth and marginalized voices, and provides suggestions for how adults can be allies in supporting youth ideas, rather than expecting them to take on adults’ perspectives.
This policy brief discusses the problem of lower voter turnout in municipal and county elections. The brief discusses possible causes for this issue such as low voter engagement, a lack of community grounding, and the absence of viable political options. The brief proposes solutions to this problem including the enfranchisement of new voters and the public finance of local elections.
Legislative findings in support of the Healthy Food Zone Model Ordinance
This model law creates a healthy food zone around schools by regulating the location of fast food restaurants and mobile food vendors so that children are presented with healthy food options.
Public spaces are crucial to a community’s collective well-being. Although public spaces are intended to be equally accessible, young people, particularly low-income BIPOC, are made to feel unwelcome or excluded in many public spaces by the built environment, police, and other users. This report provides design recommendations for new forms of public spaces that are inclusive to all community members.
Today’s youth are rarely invited into the city planning process. This paper examines the experiences of young people involved in Y-PLAN, an initiative focused on fostering relationships between civic leaders and young people around meaningful action in order to create resilient cities that work for all residents. It also examines the importance of students’ lived experience and their proposals for how to respond to climate change and enhance resiliency in their communities. This paper concludes that the involvement of young people can lead to the adoption of innovative, inclusive, and equitable approaches to city planning.
This act removes restrictions on attorneys and other legal professionals representing clients from reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect which arise in the course of legal proceedings. This act requires attorneys and legal professionals to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect where they would otherwise be limited by attorney-client confidentiality statutes.
This act extends adoption subsidies and guardian rights and responsibilities to children in adoptive homes through the age of 21. This act also expands the possible provisions of post-adoption contracts and reduces incidence of unnecessarily contentious litigation of post-adoption contracts.