SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul will be at the center of the national conversation on education and out-of-school-time programming as the National League of Cities’ Council on Youth, Education and Families (YEF), which is chaired by Mayor Chris Coleman, comes to town June 24 and 25.
“We have worked hard to put Saint Paul in the forefront of the national conversation on education, and it is an honor to showcase and share our work with my colleagues from around the country. Education does not start and stop at the school doors, and we’ve demonstrated, through the success of our Second Shift initiative, that anything we can do to engage students is the first step on a path to success for every child in our community,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.
The meeting of mayors and leaders in education from across the U.S. will focus on the topics of education, youth development, early care, youth safety, and family economic success.
While in town, council members will learn about educational initiatives in Saint Paul such as city’s circulators and Breakthrough Saint Paul, which features students teaching their peers and has helped Saint Paul youth succeed in high school and college.
Council members will also engage in discussions on out-of-school-time programming, methods for promoting accountability and measuring progress of initiatives while working to develop a strategic plan as the group continues its mission to promote the welfare of children and families.
Now in his second term, Mayor Coleman pushed Saint Paul to be a national leader with his Second Shift Initiative that extends the learning day through quality after-school opportunities in arts, sports and academics. Ensuring every child has equal access to quality education, Coleman launched an early childhood learning scholarship preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to learn as well as expanding public transportation by offering free rides to young people to their after-school programs or other locations that provide learning opportunities.
For his work in out-of-school-time programming, Mayor Coleman has been honored by the Afterschool Alliance and was named to the top leadership post in the National League of Cities’ Institute on Youth, Education and Families earlier this year.