Alcoa Mayor Mull joins national challenge to improve child and family well-being

City of Alcoa Mayor Don Mull is among the nation’s first 100 mayors to join the Mayors’ Action Challenge for Children and Families. The Challenge calls on mayors to set specific, measurable, locally-defined goals and targets in each of four areas to ensure that every child has opportunities to learn and grow, a safe neighborhood to call home, a healthy lifestyle and environment, and a financially fit family in which to thrive.

Founded by 26 of the nation’s most prominent mayors and unveiled at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities in November 2008, the Challenge was created to promote city leadership and accountability, while encouraging mayors to build on innovative local strategies developed in recent years. At a time when the ability of cities to act is constrained by tight budgets, mayors have shown they are determined to help struggling families meet their needs and ensure that young people reach their full potential.

To view the full list of participating mayors and their local targets, visit

Mayor Mull plans to work with city agencies and seek input from other local partners on a set of goals and benchmarks that address the needs of children and families in Alcoa.

“Many of our citizens are facing immense challenges and it is our duty to do our best to help them through these challenges,” said Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., one of 26 founders of the Challenge and the 2008 chair of NLC’s Council on Youth, Education, and Families.

Each of the 100 mayors participating in the Challenge has committed to collaborating with school district, county, state, and community partners to identify effective strategies and interventions.

“Cooperation on these issues is the only way we can meet them head on and achieve real results for our cities,” said New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

“The future economic vitality of our cities and our nation depends on the investments we make in our young people,” said Savannah, Ga., Mayor Otis S. Johnson, 2009 chair of NLC’s Council on Youth, Education, and Families. “We know that a failure to invest in children and families guarantees that we will pay much greater costs down the road.”

The Mayors’ Action Challenge for Children and Families is supported by the National League of Cities through its Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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