Read NYEC Executive Director's Statement on "Confronting Three National Crises"
How COVID-19 is Affecting NYEC Members
Community-based organizations in Boston are using their limited budgets to pay for laptops and technology support for clients as they transition to virtual services.
A community-based organization in Baltimore, MD is struggling to transition their training and curriculum to a virtual environment and have not been able to serve their youth.
From a New England workforce development board: "From a workforce board perspective, we are also trying to track how this pandemic and the recession that will likely follow is going to affect young adults in the labor market. It likely won't be good.”
From a community-based organization in Chicago, IL "Our youth have experienced a reduction in hours or been laid off from their jobs. Some youth were in a hiring pipeline for hospitality jobs earlier in March, which are no longer viable due to hiring freezes."
For a youth-serving organization in the Bay Area, clients and staff struggle with access to phones and computers; they are seeking to braid funding in new ways to pay for technology.
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A workforce development board in Pennsylvania finds many programs are prepared for remote case management, but struggle to help young people access subsistence income.
What's New at NYEC
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
Covid-19 Resources for Youth-Serving Organizations
The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy of untold dimensions. It is disproportionately affecting vulnerable workers and communities. To better serve our community and members we are compiling resources for individuals and youth-serving organizations on our News & Resources page.
NYEC Youth Leadership Initiative
NYEC is launching an ambitious Youth Leadership Initiative to involve young adults in all aspects of the organization’s decision-making. Young adults, current and former participants in NYEC member programs, will change how NYEC makes decisions, complement the organization’s advocacy and field-building efforts, and influence how NYEC member organizations engage young adults in decision-making roles.Read More
NYEC WIOA Working GroupIn anticipation of the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, NYEC will be conducting a monthly working group to craft policy recommendations. The working group will include policy ideas from NYEC members and stakeholders in the field, as well as provide updates on WIOA legislative movements. There are two ways to get involved:
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.
NYEC 40th Anniversary Publication
NYEC commemorated 40 years of work and progress by publishing We Know What Needs to Be Done. The publication reflects on 40 years of learning and developments and sets a bold vision built upon principles and strategies needed to advance the lives of opportunity youth.
Justice-Involved Youth Convenings
On July 23rd 2019, NYEC, the Youth Advocate Program, Inc., the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Camden County Workforce Investment Board held a second convening in Camden County, New Jersey, to chart a better path for young people from the county who have been sentenced to out-of-home placements. A release of findings and recommendations will be made available later in the year.
Youth with Disabilities
NYEC is a partner in the Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC), which is run by the Institute of Educational Leadership through a grant from the Rehabilitation Service Administration. Throughout 2019, NYEC is updating the YSP/KSA training modules, which are being delivered in states around the country.
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.