National Center for Youth Law

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NCYL’s Founding Timeline - As told by NCYL Founder Tom Smegal

September 15, 2021
“I was fortunate to be one of the founding members of NCYL. At the time—in the 1960s—I was a Board Member at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. Several Legal Aid Board Members and I saw the need and opportunity to create an organization

Ma’Khia Bryant

April 21, 2021
Just hours before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, police in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager living in foster care. Her death is a stark reminder of the systemic violence inflicted upon Black, Brown and

Meet Jason Okonofua - NCYL's New Board President

January 11, 2021
Dear friends and supporters, Happy new year! I am thrilled to introduce myself to you for the first time as the National Center for Youth Law’s new Board President. 2021 will be an important year for NCYL as we celebrate our 50-year anniversary and a