Loving Cities

Local Leaders Play Critical Role to Drive U.S. Toward More Loving and Just Society

By Ben Hecht, President & CEO of Living Cities and John Jackson, President & CEO of Schott Foundation

Today, we have more information available than ever before to understand the state of our cities. An exciting new addition, the Loving Cities Index recently launched by the Schott Foundation, measures how well cities are doing at creating loving systems that provide children and families with the resources and supports they need to have the opportunity to learn and succeed. Schott researched 24 indicators of access to opportunities and disaggregated the data by race to examine differences across 10 cities.

Today, we have more information available than ever before to understand the state of our cities.

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Family Separation in America Goes Beyond Immigration Policy

Allison Brown
We must continue to stand with our brothers and sisters from other nations that are fighting for their human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We also have an opportunity to use this moment and the power of our collective passion to fight against the family separation that has become common place in America over the past several decades, often unnoticed and without the same passion and resistance. Any time we lock up adults or children for nonviolent crimes, instead of showing compassion for their situation and a productive path forward, we are separating families. Instead, we need to adopt Loving Systems. Systems that take individual circumstances into consideration and create access to supports and rehabilitation that keep families together and enable them to thrive.

The issue of family separation has grabbed national headlines and public attention, as we have all witnessed the adoption and subsequent resistance against inhumane immigration policy.

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An Eye on the Buckeyes

by Cassie Schwerner, Senior Vice President of National Partnerships
Schott has been examining the adoption of whole-child supports in schools and communities across the country as part of our newly launched Healthy Living and Learning Initiative. Schott's SVP, Cassie Schwerner, was invited to Cincinnati to see how whole-child approaches have been adopted to provide students with health services, early learning opportunities and other needs that holistically support their learning and development. While there’s an incredible amount of public and private programs and initiatives taking shape in the city, there were three programs that really stood out as the epitome of healthy living and learning.

I grew up near Cincinnati and had been surprised to learn that it is one of the nation’s leaders in adopting whole-child practices.  Schott has been examining the adoption of whole-child supports in schools and communities across the country as part of our newly launched Healthy Living and Learning Initiative.  I was recently speaking about Schott’s vision and goals for this work with a small group of sector leaders, and was invited by Cincinnati philanthropist, Lee Carter, to come see the work unfolding in Cincinnati.

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