Shaping Our 2021 Policy Agenda

NYEC acts as a conduit from practitioners and local leaders to federal policymakers. Please share your ideas with us and view responses from the policy survey below!

NYEC All Youth Connecting Forum Starts NEXT WEEK

Training, Employment, and Economic Opportunity

We need basic universal income for everyone who is a resident in this country.

Training, Employment, and Economic Opportunity

Labor Organizing
Young people are the least involved in the labor movement - I didn't know how to negotiate salary, or organize in the workplace; conditions at work.

Youth Leadership and Voice

Election Financing

Turns people away from voting -- you can't take funds from your campaign and use it for yourself; corporation; have to raise a minimum amount of money to be considered viable. The idea that money equates to support is not true. This creates a huge barrier to people
running. Therefore there needs to be regulations on campaign financing, how much money a party or candidate can spend and money from the government to be given to candidates so that they're not restricted by income.

Secondary, CTE, and Postsecondary Education

Cancelling student loan debt

Youth Leadership and Voice

We need to authentically engage youth voices and voters not just during voting years, but all the time. We also need to challenge and change our current systems so everyone has a right to vote, be represented in government, and run for elected office.

The National Youth Employment Coalition

What's New at NYEC

  • 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. 

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  • All Youth Connecting Forum (June 21-24th 2021)

    The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) invites you to join hundreds of young leaders, practitioners, policymakers and experts like yourself for a virtual four-day convening in June! This conference will feature a pre-conference, ample opportunities to connect with attendees, youth-led and designed workshops, happy/social networking hours, and dynamic and engaging sessions. 

    View the Agenda
  • 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 ToolkitThe 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. 
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Get to Know NYEC

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is a national membership network that improves the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youth become productive citizens. 

Toward this end, NYEC sets and promotes quality standards; tracks, crafts and influences policy; provides and supports professional development; and builds the capacity of organizations and programs.

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) has numerous opportunities for individuals to get involved.

Find out how to become an NYEC member to get access to members-only services, events, and resources.

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.

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Phone: (202) 780-5928

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