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Citywide Youth Initiatives
Shared Vision for Youth: Citywide Initiatives
The City supports the development of broad youth partnerships to leverage resources and opportunities that help young people.

After School Initiative

In March 2014, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Department of Education announced the joint signing of a "memo of understanding" (MOU) detailing a plan to strengthen partnerships among federal and local governments, schools, families and other organizations with the goal to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

Savannah was chosen as one of 14 cities to bring together local leaders, educators, families and community leaders to discuss strategies for providing children with the foundational skills needed to access to high-quality afterschool learning experiences and achieving postsecondary attainment.

Mayor’s After School Task Force
As a result of the comments and suggestions given during the community conversation held in September 2014, Mayor Jackson has formed an After School Task Force. The Mayor’ Afterschool Task Force was created to develop and recommend a design for consolidating existing local afterschool programs that provide youth programs into a Citi-wide initiative to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of programs.

Cities United/Black Male Achievement Gap/My Brother’s Keeper
Cities United is a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of African American males. Cities United is based on the very simple but fundamental premise that African American men and boys matter and are assets to our nation.

Collaborative on Health Disparities

Savannah was selected as one of seven pilot cities to participate in the Learning Collaborative based on their documented health disparities, commitment and readiness to preventing childhood obesity-related disparities and ability to form strong and diverse partnerships.

As a result of the Collaborative, NLC and participating cities will gain new insights on how health disparities are perceived in communities and hear ideas from local policymakers and community partners on how to increase access to affordable, healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity at the local level.