Youth Development Resources
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years

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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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Improving Federal Collaboration for Homeless Children and Youth

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.
Friday, July 15, 2011

The Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement

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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Friday, July 15, 2011

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

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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Thursday, December 09, 2010

ACYF Commissioner Challenges NCY to “Rethink Positive Youth Development.”

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 nthompson@nassembly.org.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Role of Youth Serving Organizations in Education Reform

NCY CEO Irv Katz has written an editorial which appeared in the November 2nd Youth Today titled Youth Orgs Should Ride "Superman's" Cape on the role of youth serving organizations in education reform. Read the entire article»
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Building a Child- & Youth-Focused Agenda for the 112th Congress

From the Girl Scouts to the Urban League, the members of the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) are identifying their top priorities for the 112th Congress to reach a national goal of improving the odds for every child. NCY members should email Natalie Thompson with your organization’s top priorities. For background and inspiration, check out NCY's Policy Agenda for the 111th Congress  -- it's a good read! Email recommendations to Natalie Thompson, Policy Director at NThompson@nassembly.org by Monday, November 8th!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Educators for Allies: The Critical Role of Supportive Educators

For 20 years GLSEN has worked to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In this webinar, the GLSEN Research Department draws on findings from the 2009 National School Climate Survey to explore how supportive teachers, principals, and other school staff serve as an important resource for LGBT students.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

NCY Releases Updated & Expanded Version of Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Recommendations

The National Collaboration for Youth and its members have produced updated and expanded recommendations for improvements to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. At a time when statistics show the decreasing chances of an at-risk young person graduating from high school, or graduating with the skills to continue onto higher education or into meaningful employment, our recommendations focus on relevance and readiness – making education and the future relevant for youth, and preparing them for success in their world. Click here to view the updated recommendations.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ready By 21- NCY Comments in Response to the Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Priorities

Ready by 21 and the NCY have submitted comments in response to the Department of Education's August 5, 2010 Notice of Proposed Priorities for future discretionary grant programs, beginning in FY2011.  The comments reflect how the U.S. Department of Education can prioritize its future discretionary grantmaking to most effectively serve the needs of America’s children and youth. 

View the comments.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Body Image, Health and Media

Today, the National Collaboration for Youth and Girl Scouts of the USA hosted a webinar on Beauty Redefined: The Future of Girls Body Image, Health and Media. Program, Research and Policy staff at Girl Scouts of the USA shared how the childhood obesity epidemic has caused girls to be caught in a double bind—on one end they hear that children are overweight today and that is unhealthy and unattractive—on the other end of the spectrum they see images of girls and women who are super-thin and over-sexualized.
View the presentation from this webinar.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

National Collaboration for Youth Hosts Congressional Briefing on School Climate

On Tuesday, June 15th the NCY held a Capitol Hill briefing on School Climate and Academic Achievement: Using Data to Improve Conditions for Learning and Youth Outcomes. Over 100 congressional and agency staff, members of the NCY and the community were in attendance. The briefing focused on the use of data to improve students’ safety, health and well-being. Briefing documents can be viewed by clicking on the titles:

Speaker presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

  • School Climate: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Center of Social and Emotional Education (CSEE)
  • Using Data to Improve Conditions for Learning
    1. Dr. Shane Lopez, Senior Scientist at Gallup and architect of the Gallup Student Poll
    2. Mr. Doug Hall, President of Pride Surveys
    3. Dr. Greg Austin, Director of Health and Human Development at WestEd
  • School Climate, the Conditions for Learning, and Academic Achievement- Dr. David Osher, Vice President at American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Watch the video below!

 

Friday, April 30, 2010

Promise Neighborhood Program Is Officially Launched

The U.S. Department of Education has launched the Promise Neighborhood program, the first federal initiative to put education at the center of comprehensive efforts to fight poverty in urban and rural areas, which will make $10 million available for planning grants for  implementation of cradle-to-career services. Read the press release and applicant information here.
Thursday, April 22, 2010

National Collaboration for Youth members testify before Congress

On April 22nd, Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment and Dan Cardinali, President, Communities in Schools testified before the Senate HELP committee at a hearing entitled: “ESEA Reauthorization: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student”. Click here to view the hearing and witness testimony. http://help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=f3ea2006-5056-9502-5dbd-7fbf488d5ec3
Friday, April 09, 2010

NCY Releases Appropriations Priorities for FY2011

The National Collaboration for Youth, a coalition of the nation’s leading youth service organizations, has identified the following Appropriations Priorities for Fiscal Year 2011.  The appropriations priorities are summarized on the NCY appropriations webpage.  Each heading is a link to view the one-page statement and rationale for the NCY request. Requests were sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committee members on April 9th.
View the FY2011 requests»
Friday, March 26, 2010

NCY Submits Recommendations on Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization

Earlier this month, the House Education and Labor Committee requested comments on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). On Thursday, March 25 the National Collaboration for Youth submitted recommendations aimed at increasing student attendance, decreasing the dropout rate, improving academic success by building stronger connections to school and community, developing applied skills necessary for the workforce, and enhancing social and civic responsibility. The deadline for comments is Friday, March 26th.
View the NCY’s recommendations.
Friday, March 26, 2010

NCY Submits Comments on Newly Established Task Force on Childhood Obesity

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on February 9, 2010, establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity that directs Federal agencies to create a comprehensive interagency national action plan to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. The Task Force is chaired by the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and composed of senior Federal officials representing the White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Education. The Presidential Memorandum directs the Task Force to make recommendations that include, but are not limited to, meeting four objectives:

  1. Ensuring access to healthy, affordable food;
  2. increasing physical activity in schools and communities;
  3. providing healthier food in schools; and
  4. empowering parents with information and tools to make good choices for themselves and their families.

On Thursday, March 25 the NCY submitted comments focused on promoting healthy weight, nutrition and physical activity.
View the NCY’s comments.

Friday, March 26, 2010

NCY Members Sign Letters of Support for the Child Protection Improvements Act

On March 26th, the National Collaboration for Youth, MENTOR and YMCA of the USA sent letters of support to members of the House and Senate on The Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009. Many National Collaboration for Youth members also signed on in support of the legislation which would create a permanent national system making FBI fingerprint searches accessible to youth-serving organizations. More than 6% of the nearly 69,000 volunteers screened with FBI searches during the PROTECT Act Child Safety Pilot had criminal records of concern-including extremely serious crimes like child sexual abuse, cruelty to children, and even murder. In addition, more than 41% of individuals with criminal records had crimes in states other than where they were applying to volunteer-meaning that only a nationwide check would have caught the criminal records. The Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 would create an applicant processing center to conduct FBI fingerprint searches for youth-serving organizations-in a streamlined and efficient way and at a reasonable cost.
View a copy of the letter.

Friday, March 26, 2010

NCY Letter to the Congressional Budget Committees

The National Collaboration for Youth sent a letter on the FY2011 budget to the Congressional Budget Committees and House and Senate Leadership Offices citing the need for increased investment in federal programs serving children and youth.
Read the NCY letter.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NCY Expresses Support for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Today, the NCY sent letters to members of the Senate in support of S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009. S. 678 strengthens and updates critical components of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has been protecting youth across the nation for 35 years. The legislation was introduced on March 24, 2009 by Senators Leahy, Specter, Kohl, and Durbin and currently has 8 bipartisan co-sponsors. View a copy of the letter.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Webinar on Building Civic Pathways for Non College Bound Youth

Announcing a National Assembly/National Collaboration for Youth and PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

About half of young Americans have never attended college. They are less than half as likely to vote and to volunteer as their college-educated peers. These youth have few opportunities to develop civic skills and interests. Drawing on a white paper published by in PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement October, 2009, An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement, Jim Youniss, Professor of Psychology at Catholic University of America, and Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Research, and research director of Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service will provide the latest research on non-college bound youth and civic engagement.

The speakers will suggest ways that civic and human services sector organizations can be part of the solution to greater inclusion of non-college bound youth, while at the same time enriching their own missions, creating future volunteers, social justice advocates, and engaged citizens.Download slideshow presentation used in the webinar.

Monday, February 01, 2010

President Obama Releases FY2011 Budget Proposal

Today, President Obama released his FY2011 Budget. View the budget release.

For a full report on the FY2011 budget come to the NCY Washington Group monthly meeting tomorrow, February 2nd, at 1:30 PM. Meeting is held at the NHSA Offices on 1319 F Street, Suite 402 and will feature a presentation on the budget from Joan Huffer, Director of the Federal Budget Project at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

Friday, January 15, 2010

NCY Submits Comments in Response to Corporation's FY2010 NOFA

The National Collaboration for Youth has submitted comments in response to the Corporation’s Fiscal Year 2010 Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for Social Innovation Fund Awards. The Corporation released a draft Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the $50 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) which will provide $50 million in funding to 5-7 intermediary grantees that will, in turn, provide subgrants of $100,000 or more per year for 3-5 years to other nonprofits for innovative programs in low-income communities.
View the NCY’s comment letter»

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Webinar on Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today Research Findings

The Girl Scouts Research Institute and the National Collaboration for Youth held a webinar today to share research findings from Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today (2009), a national study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in partnership with Harris Interactive. Click here to view the full report was released on December 2nd.

The study explores what youth today value and how they go about making decisions, based on research conducted with 3,263 3rd- to 12th-graders from around the country. This work builds on a study published in 1989 by GSUSA and paints an encouraging picture about a generation of youth responsible to themselves and to others, and who value diversity, acceptance, and community involvement. It also highlights the important role that adults play in helping girls actualize their good intentions.

Click here to view the webinar slides.

Listen to audio feed (36MB download - Window Media)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

House Appropriations Subcommittee passes Labor-H bill

The National Collaboration for Youth has put together a chart of priority agencies and programs with funding numbers from the bill. Full committee will mark up the bill this week. Read the Chairman’s summary.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NCY Support Letter on Child Protection Improvements Act

This letter supported by MENTOR, YMCA of the USA, First Focus and the NCY thanks the original sponsors (Sens. Schumer & Ensign,  Reps. Schiff, Conyers and Mike Rogers) of the Child Protection Improvements Act for introducing the legislation. The Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 would create a permanent national system making FBI fingerprint searches accessible to youth-serving organizations. The bill creates an applicant processing center to conduct FBI fingerprint searches for child and youth-serving organizations-in a streamlined and efficient way and at a reasonable cost.  View the letter.
Monday, June 08, 2009

Search Institute- NCY Briefing on School Connectedness

Search Institute & National Collaboration for Youth invite you to a congressional briefing on school connectedness, climate and culture. Kari Gloppen, youth-development scientist at CDC, will be discussing CDC’s recent report, School Connectedness:  Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth. The briefing will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2:00 – 3:30pm, Rayburn HOB Rm 226.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

NCY Sends Support Letter on JJDPA

The National Collaboration for Youth sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009, which was introduced on March 24, 2009. Readthe letter.
Monday, March 23, 2009

NCY-CEF Joint Letter to the Congressional Budget Committees

The National Collaboration for Youth and the Committee for Education Funding, a non-partisan coalition of more than  80 organizations reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community have sent a joint letter on the FY2010 budget to the Congressional Budget Committees and House and Senate Leadership Offices citing the need for increased investment in federal programs serving children and youth. Read the NCY-CEF Collaboration Letter»
Friday, March 13, 2009

Congressional Briefing Draws Concensus on Youth Issues

On March 3rd more than 100 legislative aids, federal agency staff, and child and youth development professionals gathered for a briefing sponsored by the NCY & United Way of America to discuss policies and legislation affecting children & youth in the 111th Congress. The briefing consisted of three panels based on the NCY policy agenda for the 111th Congress: “Toward a Brighter Future: An Essential Agenda for America’s Young People.”  The speakers covered the major developmental aspects of a child’s life, from birth to 24 years. Read highlights of the briefing»
Thursday, February 26, 2009

NCY Priorities in President Obama's FY2010 Budget Outline

President Obama released his FY2010 budget blueprint after a press conference February 26th. The roughly 140 page outline totals calls for nearly $4 trillion in spending including a $634 billion reserve fund for health care coverage and an additional $750 billion in bailout funds. The President has also stated that his outline will seek to cut the deficit in half by 2013. Some cuts include the Department of Education's Federal Mentoring Program. Read NCY Priorities: Budget Outline Highlights by Agency»
FY2010 Budget Outline»
Sunday, February 08, 2009

PYD Blog Remarks on February's NCY Washington Group Meeting

The National Collaboration for Youth (an affinity group of the National Human Services Assembly)  did a nice job this week hosting a ‘meet and greet’ on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a newly elected Democrat from Erie, Pennsylvania. Read the entire blog entry».
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NCY COMPARISON CHART- Economic Recovery Legislation

View a NCY chart comparing provisions related to children and youth in the House and Senate Appropriations Committee's versions of the American Recovery and ReInvestment legislation.

Monday, January 12, 2009

111th CONGRESS- NEW MEMBERS COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

The NCY has put together lists of the new members of the 111th Congress committee assignments. View below.
Senate Committees
House Committees
Monday, December 15, 2008

NCY Letter on the Economic Recovery Package

The NCY has sent a letter on children and youth in the economic crisis to Congressional Leadership Offices and House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. The letter focuses on stimulus issues which impact our members greatly: youth employment, afterschool and out of school time, and at risk youth.
View the complete letter.