CENTER YOUTH Amplify youth power. Dismantle racism. Transform policy, practice, & culture.



Our Mission

Our mission is to center youth through impact litigation, policy advocacy, collaboration and research that fundamentally transforms our nation's approach to education, health, immigration, foster care, and youth justice.

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Subjugation, not freedom, won in the courts today

Young people often face the brunt of restrictions on care. This Supreme Court ruling adversely impacts the ability for youth to thrive and have a full and fair opportunity to achieve the future they envision for themselves.

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Let us not replace gun violence with criminalization

Read NCYL's recommendations for members of Congress to address the threat of gun violence and reverse ineffective, expensive, and harmful policies that have failed to keep students safe and end the carnage in our schools.  

Washington State Reaches Groundbreaking Federal Class-Action Settlement for Youth in Foster Care

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State commits to improving its foster care system

NEW groundbreaking report detailing the experiences of children — in their own words — detained by U.S. immigration authorities in EISs.


Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement 

Where We Focus

We advocate and provide direct service to youth in a range of areas that impact their lives. Learn about our work, our team, and the ways we—and you—can make a difference.

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