NYEC along with other national advocacy organizations are seeking information on ways in which organizations and communities are using federal recovery dollars (such as CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan) to benefit marginalized young adults (14-29).
What's New at NYEC
NYEC Announces New Executive Director
[July 20, 2021] The National Youth Employment Coalition announced the hiring of Dr. Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley to serve as its new Executive Director. The announcement follows an extensive national search to lead the organization. In her role as Executive Director, she will work closely with the Board to realize NYEC’s strategic goals and vision, including enhancing the value of member experience, growing membership, broadening fund development, and strengthening the voice of young people in NYEC’s work and in the national conversation and policies that affect them.Read the Press Release
NYEC's WIOA Reauthorization Recommendations
[June 21, 2021] For over a year, NYEC convened a working group of members and partners to discuss recommendations for the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). Thomas (NYEC's Senior Advisor) even testified about these recommendations at a May 2021 congressional hearing. Our proposal contains bold recommendations including embedding social capital, a priority population framework, mental health/trauma and better performance measures.View Recommendations Here
Congressional Hearing on Reauthorizing WIOA
[May 13, 2021] The House Education and Labor Committee conducted a hearing on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Reauthorization: Creating Opportunities for Youth Employment. Thomas Showalter, Senior Advisor to NYEC, made the case for bold action on youth employment via reauthorization of WIOA. Over the past year NYEC has convened several national organizations to recommend both technical and structural changes to WIOA as well as call on Congress to address youth disconnection during the COVID-19 pandemic.Watch and Read the Testimony Here
Prioritizing Youth in Biden's American Jobs Plan
[May 6, 2021] As a part of the recovery package proposed by the Biden Administration, NYEC calls on Congress to include an equity-centered national subsidized employment program. The American Jobs Plan presents more than an opportunity to rebuild America’s economy; it offers an opportunity to redress deep seated racial inequities and invest in our nation’s infrastructure, community development, and care economy. By targeting and prioritizing historically oppressed communities in publicly-funded employment opportunities, we can create pathways to opportunity to those whom this nation has systemically excluded.Read Our Letter to Congress Here
Translating Adolescent Brain Science (TABS) Report
[April 30, 2021] NYEC released our latest report from the The Translating Adolescent Brain Science (TABS) project. The report details how several youth workforce agencies approached integrating three approaches that are informed by the science of adolescent brain development: executive skill development (ES), positive youth development (PYD), and trauma-informed care (TIC), collectively referred to as EPT approaches.Read More
Youth with Justice Involvement Toolkit
The National Youth Employment Coalition, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has released Job Training for Youth with Justice Involvement: A Toolkit. The toolkit will help leaders and practitioners in both the juvenile justice system and workforce development system collaborate to effectively serve youth with justice involvement. This toolkit, directed at practitioners and leaders in the juvenile-justice system and others with limited familiarity with the workforce development system:
- Outlines evidence-based practices in youth workforce development,
- Provides an overview of the workforce system funded under the federal Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA),
- Makes recommendations for how to make WIOA-funded services work better for
youth with justice involvement at the local level, and
- Lays out some key steps to forming effective interagency partnerships.
Opportunity Youth Community Recommendations for CV-4 Legislation
Now more than ever our communities, workforce systems, and youth need bold solutions in the face of an unprecedented downturn caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. NYEC along with several national organizations that advocate on behalf of and with Opportunity Youth have come together to craft shared recommendations for the next phase of federal action to respond to COVID-19.Read More
NYEC is convening several national partners to craft a set of principles and model policies for how to engage opportunity youth in the growing green economy. We are working to launch a coalition throughout the country that will build on existing dialogues around green jobs, environmental awareness, and workforce development. Visit our website here.
The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) has numerous opportunities for individuals to get involved.
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The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the 4.6 million young people who are out of school and out of work.
We do this by improving the effectiveness of the organizations, and the systems, that serve these "opportunity youth."
We collect, study, and support the implementation of best practices, all with a strong equity focus.