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Federal Youth Coordination Act Information Center


About the Federal Youth Coordination Act

Federal Youth Coordination Act Reauthorization:

On September 24th, Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced the Federal Youth Coordination Act of 2008 (HR 7004) in the House.

Bill Text:

Federal Youth Coordination Act of 2008

Bill Summary:

Summary of the Federal Youth Coordination Act

View the National Collaboration for Youth's FYCA funding request

Federal Youth Coordination Act:

The Federal Youth Coordination Act (H.R. 856/S. 409) was introduced on February 16, 2005, by Rep. Tom Osborne (R-NE) and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and the original co-sponsors were Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Representatives Donald Payne (D-NJ), Harold Ford (D-TN), and Pete Hoekstra (R-MI). 

This bipartisan legislation was drafted in partnership with National Collaboration for Youth member organizations and is a response to a report issued by the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth in December 2003.  The Task Force found that programs to meet the needs of young people are spread across 12 federal departments with little communication or coordination among them.

Currently, there are federal funding streams designed to meet varying needs of youth-afterschool programs, job training, mental health, etc.-but they are administered in silos, independent of one another. Youth's needs, however, are complex and interdependent. FYCA establishes a Federal Youth Development Council that will enable the federal government to implement multifaceted approaches to reaching youth by leveraging and coordinating the existing resources of different federal agencies.

Summary of Federal Youth Coordination Act (as passed into law)

White House Office on Children and Youth:

Go to: to sign onto a letter requesting President Elect Obama sign an Executive Order creating a White House Office on Children and Youth. This is based on the Federal Youth Coordination Act.