2020 Annual Forum

Whova Virtual Platform

December 7-10 2020

1:00 - 4:00 PM EST Each Day

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) invites you to attend the 2020 Annual Forum. The convening will bring together hundreds of policymakers, practitioners and young leaders for a four-day virtual convening.

As in years past and in our recent COVID Response Workshops, the Annual Forum will showcase emerging practices from around the country, create space for real-time problem solving, and emphasize peer learning and connection.
This year our convening will be done virtually using the award-winning and secure Whova platform and using Zoom for breakout and plenary sessions. Users will have access to both a web-based and mobile app to navigate through sessions, network, exchange resources, and schedule virtual meetups.
See you (virtually) in December!

Snapshot of Sessions

  • How to Help Youth Sustain Job Search for the Long Haul
  • Integrating COVID-19 Prevention into Employment Counseling with Youth
  • Inspiring Hope: Strategic Programming for Black and Brown Men
  • A Workforce Board Strategy: Advancing Mental Health Services through the Youth Employment System
  • Advancing Youth FinCap: Basic Income and Financial Mentoring
  • Healing-Centered Liberation Policy
  • Translating Adolescent Brain Science: What We're Learning
  • Rapidly Scaling a Public-Service Corps Post COVID-19
  • Supporting Young People or Staff in #BlackLivesMatter Movement or other Activism

Session Proposals

At this year's Forum we welcome sessions that address (1) how our field and the young people we serve can recover and heal from the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) creating strategies to ensure that every young person has access to training, education and employment opportunities; or (3) mobilizing within and across coalitions to bring together young people, policymakers, and practitioners to scale best practices and change policy.

We will accept session proposals on a rolling basis. Please allow three weeks for us to update you on your proposal. Please submit your proposal by November 9, 2020.

Submit a session by clicking here or filling out the form on this page. 

This year our communities have faced an unprecedented pandemic, the largest civil unrest since the 1960s, and an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression. These three crises have illuminated what our field has known for some time: the economy and labor market is failing marginalized youth across the country. During the Forum:

  • Hear from youth on the front-lines of today's social movements
  • Learn from session leaders on how to build in person-centered healing approaches in your programs
  • Advance the process of truth, racial healing and reconciliation in our organizations and institutions

Our field looks very different today than in February, and will transform again as the pandemic subsides. We can act together to shape these changes. We can come together to redefine our social contract with Generation Z.

  • Bring together policy coalitions to strategize how to ensure that every youth is guaranteed the opportunity to secure employment and educational opportunities;
  • Redefine what it means for youth to have a successful transition to adulthood and successful civic engagement;
  • Uplift and center marginalized youth in our policy discussions including but not limited to undocumented, tribal, and black and brown youth.

Each NYEC convening features young-adult presenters, poets, writers, and activists. This year, we hope to organize a strand of sessions designed for youth, by youth. Please email Shanice.Turner@nyec.org if you are interested in contributing to the development or content of this strand. As always, we will offer discounted registrations to young adults; we encourage all NYEC members to invite current and former participants to be a part of the Annual Forum.

  • Present an Idea During “Action Hour”: Do you have an idea, project or plan you are currently working on or want to work on in the future? Do you want feedback on your plans and the opportunity to network with individuals who can support you? If yes, then the Action Hour is for you! During our Action Hour young adults will spend 12-15 mins presenting their plans in a Shark Tank-style format. Attendees will leave with feedback, recommendations, connections, and perhaps even mentorship. The NYEC team will also collect all ideas presented, next steps, and share with our network.
  • Lead a Discussion Session 
    • We invite young adults to present during our 50-minute long Zoom sessions
    • You can present on a topic of your choice that fits within recovery/healing from COVID-19 & 2020 social unrest, mobilizing the field, and/or strategies looking into 2021;
    • All presenters will receive a gift card and preparation before their session! Young adults can also co-present with a member of the Forum’s planning committee for extra support. 
  • Opportunity for young adults to join a cohort for debriefing, resource sharing, and collective empowerment;
Mobile Brochure (1)
Networking (1)
Biz Card

Click here for details on sponsoring the Forum. If your organization would like to become a sponsor of the Forum, contact Rashaun Bennett (rashaun.bennett@nyec.org) to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship.

Bronze Sponsor


  • Six complimentary registrations (staff, grantees, other guests)
  • Name listed on Annual Forum website

Gold Sponsor


  • 20 complimentary registrations (staff, grantees, other guests)
  • Access to Exhibitor Hub for unique opportunities to engage with attendees
  • Social-media engagement in leadup to Forum
  • Logo placed in banner and homepage of Forum app, in announcements & on Forum website

Platinum Sponsor


  • 40 complimentary registrations (staff, grantees, other guests)
  • Speaking role during Annual Forum plenary session
  • Access to Exhibitor Hub for unique opportunities to engage with attendees
  • Social-media engagement in leadup to Forum
  • Logo placed in banner and homepage of Forum app, in announcements & on Forum website

Presenting Sponsor


  • 90 complimentary registrations (staff, grantees, other guests)
  • Naming rights to the Annual Forum
  • Choice of topic for one of the plenary sessions & speaking role
  • Access to Exhibitor Hub for unique opportunities to engage with attendees
  • Social-media engagement in leadup to Forum
  • Logo placed in banner and homepage of Forum app, in announcements & on Forum website


If you have any questions, please contact Rashaun.bennett@nyec.org

The National Youth Employment Coalition