The National Youth Employment Coalition

How We Advance Youth Employment

Advancing Policy

NYEC is the translator between practitioners and policymakers, through meetings, convenings, calls, and working groups.


NYEC’s 85+ members represent direct-service, think tanks, non-profits, and private organizations working to better youth education and employment outcomes.


NYEC brings 40 years of knowledge to partner with leading policy think tanks and experts to advance youth employment on the national level.

Conferences and Convenings

NYEC conducts twice-yearly national convenings that bring together influential and emerging practitioners, policymakers, and youth leaders to improve the chances for all young people.

Emerging Practices

NYEC’s publications, calls, and webinars highlight new and emerging practices in the youth employment field.


NYEC lifts up the voices, experiences, and realities of opportunity youth, while connecting coalitions and those working in different issue areas.

Our Mission

The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the more than 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.


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.

Contact us

National Youth Employment Coalition
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20005
Email: nyec@nyec.org


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

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