NYEC's ORIGINS In 1979, OIC of America and the National Child Labor Committee organized what would become the National Youth Employment Coalition. Then called the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, NYAC was organized and led by community-based organizations to support new federal youth-jobs legislation and to ensure that community-based approaches were an integral part of the delivery system. NYAC adopted these principles at its inception:
Everyone who wants to work should have the opportunity to do so.
Too many youth are out of the economy with little hope and few skills.
Youth employment services must be targeted to those that most need help.
Established organizations cannot adequately serve all youth.
A national youth policy must establish a long-term commitment to serving youth.