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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Equity Demands That College Admissions Be Able To Consider Racial Identity

NCYL joins 15 organizations to urge the Supreme Court to allow colleges to administer admissions programs that create talented and diverse student bodies.

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New Settlement Ends Delays That Kept Immigrant Children in Detention

Punitive fingerprint policies can not keep children from their families

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NEW federal 'Children's Safe Welcome Act' prioritizes family integrity & well-being of children in immigration custody

Alia DeWees

Survivor-led Training Coaches Providers on Care with Compassion

Training supports and empowers youth survivors of exploitation through reproductive healthcare experiences

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Subjugation, not freedom, won in the courts today

Young people often face the brunt of restrictions on reproductive health 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.


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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