Become a Member of NYEC

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

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.

What's New at NYEC

  • 2022 All Youth Connecting Forum (June 2nd-3rd)

    [April 10, 2022]  Please join us for the virtual 2022 All Youth Connecting Forum, on June 2-3rd. Over 300+ attendees from around the country will join 20 dynamic and engaging sessions, plenaries led by youth leaders and Chiraag Bains, Deputy Assistant to the President for Racial Justice & Equity, and countless opportunities for networking and professional growth.

    Register Here
  • Statement of the National Youth Employment Coalition on HR 7309, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022

    [April 6, 2022] On Tuesday, the House Education and Labor Committee passed HR 7309, a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

    The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) improves the lives of the millions of 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.

    Read Our Statement Here

  • Introducing: Ask Away with the U.S Dept. of Labor

    [November 16, 2021] NYEC will be hosting "Ask Away!," a recurring monthly Q&A session, with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Youth Services (DYS). The DYS team will be there to answer any questions you might have on policy, performance metrics, eligibility, waivers, and more!

    Register for the monthly series here. 
  • 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 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. 
    Read More

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 4.9 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.

National Youth Employment Coalition
1155 15th St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC  20055
Email: NYEC@nyec.org
Phone: (202) 780-5928

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