NCYL seeks to ensure that low-income children get the education they need and are no longer funneled into the juvenile justice system. NCYL has a special project to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care and on probation.
NCYL improves access to appropriate health and mental health services for low-income children, with a focus on the special problems faced by adolescents and at-risk youth.
NCYL believes that children who get in trouble with the law should be treated appropriately for their age, level of development, and ability to change. We advocate for community-based services as an alternative to incarceration, and work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system.