We work to ensure that all children have equitable access to whole-health care and support that meets their physical, emotional and psycho-social needs. We aim to dismantle the barriers to care that children and youth experience, including involvement in foster care or juvenile justice systems, implicit bias in the health system, and housing or economic instability.
NCYL convenes a Youth Advisory Board made up of current and former foster youth who lead strategies to ensure all young people in foster care receive appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and support. Additionally, our policy work engages youth through community-based partners, and we work directly with youth to file litigation.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
Mental health support for court-involved youth
Schools can support student mental health and well-being
Youth provide insights to help build healthier schools
California's AB 665: Equitable access to mental health services
Ensuring California Youth in Foster Care Receive Gender Affirming and Reproductive Health Care
You can be part of the mission to Center Youth and create a world where every child thrives.