Helping youth reach their full potential
  • 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


Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years  1/17/2013
Ensuring youth in the middle school years are connected to the community can prevent them from later disconnecting from school and work. Youth development staff, volunteers, and mentors can play a pivotal role in building healthy, sustained connections for young people. According to a new National Assembly brief, the key is making sure that youth-serving adults have certain competencies to get and keep kids on track toward high school, college, and careers.

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Improving Federal Collaboration for Homeless Children and Youth  10/26/2011
The National Collaboration for Youth has released a joint policy brief on “Improving Federal Collaboration for Homeless Children and Youth” with the Campaign to End Child Homelessness, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The brief contains recommendations on how the federal government can enhance policy and program coordination to improve outcomes for homeless children and youth.
The Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement  7/15/2011

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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An Invitation to the Big Picture: Implementing a Local Collaboration for Youth (LCY) in Your Community  7/15/2011

The NCY and the Forum for Youth Investment recently release a guide to forming and sustaining Local Collaborations for Youth (LCY). An LCY is a means for local child- and youth-serving agencies to pool their collective expertise, resources, and voice in ‘whole-community’ efforts to improve outcomes for children and youth. It’s a chance to lift your eyes from the pressure of your agency’s own measurable outcomes and take a look at the Big Picture of child and youth well-being in your community.

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ACYF Commissioner Challenges NCY to “Rethink Positive Youth Development.”  12/9/2010
Speaking to a packed house of policy representatives of National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) member organizations, Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), US Department of Health and Human Services, voiced strong support for positive youth development (PYD) principles but suggested that it is time to rethink PYD as it relates to high-risk youth.  Samuels demonstrated that the incidence of problems affecting youth is clustered in geographic areas, noting that the PYD asset-based approach to all youth is not enough for those at highest risk of negative outcomes.  He challenged the Washington Group of the NCY and NHSA to address the importance of going beyond youths’ own assets to engage families and communities in building resilience and building protective mechanisms for high-risk youth.  To connect with the Washington Group or receive a copy of Commissioner Samuels’s presentation, contact

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Some the Collaboration for Youth members See all »

Search Institute Americas Promise Alliance
Boy Scouts Of America Inc. Camp Fire USA
Girl Scouts Of The USA Child Welfare League Of America
Students Against Destructive Decisions American Red Cross

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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