Youth Excel City Cohort


Youth Excel: Cities Advancing Equitable Youth Economic Recovery and Empowerment


Forming and sustaining a strong local team lays the foundation for achieving the outcomes cities seek to achieve through membership in the Youth Excel City Cohort. To ensure your project proposal is comprehensive, your city should convene leaders from the key entities you anticipate will be part of your cross-sector partnership. If your city is working with youth to gather their input and guidance, consider including a young person on your team. Together, your city team should plan and prepare the entire proposal so the views, assets, and interests of all key stakeholders are reflected throughout. Cross-sector partnerships must be led by the mayor’s office and include representatives from:

• Postsecondary education institution(s);
• K-12 schools and/or district(s);
• Workforce and economic development intermediaries, such as a workforce development board;
• The business community, particularly those representing STEM industries;
• Youth-serving organizations, particularly those with a focus on equity;
• Local philanthropy, if appropriate; and
• Any other key local stakeholders.

Important: As your city team works together to prepare its proposal, please refer to the resources in Part IV of the PDF RFP. NLC has curated a range of information from its own work with cities as well as reports, tools, and other materials from the field that will aid you in thinking through what your city’s goals and approach to achieving them will be. In addition, this PDF will help as a guide when submitting your formal application here.

Proposals must be received no later than November 19, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Only one proposal per city will be accepted.

NLC will engage a panel of external subject matter experts and NLC staff to review proposals. Cities will be notified of their selection status by early December 2021.
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City Context
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City-Led Cross-Sector Partnership Information
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City Goals & Desired Outcomes
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City Action Plan
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Grant Budget and Budget Narrative
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City Context
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City Goals & Desired Outcomes
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City Action Plan
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