• Building a Brighter Future

    Building a Brighter Future

    As a nation, we often claim that our young people are out greatest asset, but time and again we have failed to invest accordingly. Child poverty, youth homelessness, juvenile delinquency, and other challenges not only persist, they have been exacerbated by these difficult economic times. Yet our prospects for the 21st century continue to depend on the success of our youth, their families, and communities. Given the complex challenges we face, child and youth-serving organizations must advance integrated, targeted approaches to youth development. The National Collaboration for Youth's policy recommendations incorporate research driven best practices and groundbreaking changes that together pave the way to a brighter future for our child, youth, and nation. Read the recommendations»

  • Investing in Our Future

    Investing in Our Future

    An Essential Agenda for America’s Communities: Amidst the big-picture policy debates steering the direction of our country, many leaders in Washington have overlooked the key to America's economic and social wellbeing–its people. In response to critical challenges facing the populations we serve, the NHSA's latest policy agenda includes recommendations on how federal investments in human services can maximize outcomes for youth, seniors, families, and individuals with disabilities. Read publication»

The National Collaboration for Youth (NCY), a 40-year old affinity group, is a coalition of the National Assembly member organizations that have a significant interest in youth development. Members of NCY include more than 50 national, non-profit, youth development organizations.

Its mission is to provide a united voice as advocates for youth to improve the conditions of young people in America, and to help young people reach their full potential.

Collectively, the member organizations of the National Collaboration for Youth

  • Serve more than 40 million young people
  • Employ over 100,000 paid staff
  • Utilize more than six million volunteers
  • Have a physical presence in virtually every community in America


NCCP 50-State Policy Tracker  12/22/2015

State policy doesn’t always work in favor of the children and families most in need. Even though safety net programs are intended to help low-income working families cover basic needs, a family could still face policies that discourage saving for emergencies or bar them from critical nutrition assistance programs. In fact, earning and saving more money can actually make some families worse off financially when states set very restrictive eligibility requirements for important work supports. It all depends on which state they call home.

To help policymakers and advocates spot innovative approaches to support the neediest families, the National Center for Children in Poverty recently launched its 50-State Policy Tracker, an online analysis tool that compares state economic assistance programs. The Policy Tracker can help identify best practices to alleviate poverty by comparing safety net policies, revealing variation among states, and modeling how policy choices can help low-income working parents succeed in making ends meet.

The NCCP 50-State Policy Tracker makes it easy for policymakers, journalists, social researchers, and advocates to quickly and accurately compare state policies and programs vital to the well-being of low-income families. Using state data for important social policies and programs including the Earned Income Tax Credit; family and medical leave; TANF; SNAP; and Medicaid, the tracker allows users to compare impacts in a single state, states in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, or all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement  07/15/2011

This brief cites the importance of a full-range of developmental assets, in school, in the home and in the community, that youth need to succeed. It indicates that meaningful progress in improving educational outcomes must involve multiple stakeholders and a variety of sustained efforts over time.

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Some of the Collaboration for Youth members See all »

National 4-H Council National Urban League
Kids Included Together (KIT) Alliance For Strong Families and Communities
International Association of Jewish Vocational Services Americas Promise Alliance
The Salvation Army Afterschool Alliance

Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years

A potent but overlooked dropout prevention strategy is building the competencies of youth development staff and volunteers. The goal: afterschool, summer learning, and mentoring programs that fulfill their potential to keep youth in the middle school years on track toward college and career.

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A Shared Vision for Youth: Common Outcomes and Indicators

Problems affecting kids are well-documented. How do we know how well children in a given community are progressing, considering that school, child care, afterschool programs and so many other community resources are a part of kids’ lives? Are there desirable outcomes for all children that the entire community is aiming for? There should be. The National Collaboration for Youth, which is the longest-standing coalition of national agencies committed to positive youth development, has begun to tackle this challenge and we’ve documented our findings in this publication.

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Introducing SparkAction Launches!

We’re pleased to be among the forces behind, a new one-stop site with youth-related stories, news, data and high-tech  tools to make your voice heard. Check it out today and see how it can help you make a difference.


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