National Center for Youth Law


The National Center for Youth Law seeks to defend the civil rights of students nationwide. NCYL works 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.


Defending the Civil Rights of Students

February 28, 2018
NCYL is participating in a wide range of strategies to defend the civil rights of students and to make schools safe places for where everyone can learn and thrive.. Today, far too many students face bullying and other barriers to education based on their race, religion, national origin, gender identity, disability, first language, or sexual orientation.

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline - California

December 21, 2016
NCYL has launched a campaign to interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” through early interventions focused on creating positive school environments that address students’ academic and behavioral needs.

Ensuring Vulnerable Students Can Attend Their Community School - Texas

December 21, 2016
By improving probation agency and school district policy and practice; and building the capacity of community based organizations, this project will ensure students exiting juvenile detention are quickly enrolled in their community school and vulnerable populations of students remain in their community school.

Improving Education Outcomes for Children in the State’s Care - New Mexico

December 21, 2016
FosterEd New Mexico is working to improve the educational outcomes of children in New Mexico’s care by implementing promising practices; forging and bolstering partnerships at a local system level to establish infrastructure for cross-sector engagement, and working at a state and regional policy level to address large scale systemic barriers.

Latest News

No more waiting - Sacramento News & Review

September 19, 2019
Michael Harris, senior director of legal advocacy and juvenile justice for National Center for Youth Law, said that his organization joined the lawsuit because Sacramento City Unified has become a glaring outlier within the most populous state in the union. “They have the highest suspension…