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Our Mission

The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the more than 4 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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NYEC builds the capacity of youth-serving organizations and advocates on issues related to opportunity youth. NYEC conducts four kinds of activities to advance this mission:

  1. NYEC keeps the field up to date on recent innovations in practice and the latest research on service models.
  2. NYEC builds its members' capacity on two levels: professional development for youth workers and organizational development for agencies.
  3. NYEC serves as a unique line of communication between practitioners and policy makers. NYEC regularly solicits the views of members on how policy affects their service to youth, conducts original analyses, and works with partners to advance policy solutions that move the youth-development field forward.
  4. As an aggregator and curator of proven, emerging, and promising practices, NYEC promotes models supported by members and the research base.
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We know what needs to be done: Reconnecting opportunity youth to the workforce breaks the cycle of poverty, increases equity, and helps American employers grow. The good news is that we have decades of research on what programs work to reconnect young people to education and the workforce. ​

Contact us

National Youth Employment Coalition
1155 15th St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Email: membership@nyec.org
Phone: 202-780-5928
Press contact: media@nyec.org ​

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Since 1979 NYEC has been advancing policy and practice for youth development and employment.

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