by: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF OREGON CITY - Oregon City High School's construction class helps out at city parks.A new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families features Oregon City.

Published by the National League of Cities, “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities” describes innovative strategies from more than 40 cities and towns across the country with populations below 75,000. The report contains examples of city leadership in areas such as early childhood development, education, health and safety, family economic success, neighborhood revitalization, and youth civic engagement.

Oregon City was selected for inclusion in the report for its collaboration with the Oregon City High School construction program and students engagement in city construction projects. OCHS offers an advanced construction class that works on projects throughout the city — particularly at local parks — during class time, after school and on weekends. The program teaches students new skills and helps them give back to the community as they participate in every stage of the construction process. Students have helped build or refurbish city park bridges and walkways, a restroom and concession, volleyball courts, stairs at the municipal pool, and an outdoor event center.

“This has been a great opportunity for both the students and the city,” said Scott Archer, city community services director. “We are proud of the work these students have accomplished and look forward to continuing our partnership with the school for future projects.”

Drawing upon information gathered from surveys, interviews and a scan of promising practices, the report is designed to provide municipal leaders with new ideas and inspiration to guide local action on behalf of young people and families in their communities. It explores the unique challenges and opportunities facing small and mid-sized cities that seek to improve outcomes for children and youth.

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