Advocates for policies to reform systems that put young people in vulnerable situations and strengthen communities’ capacity to effectively prevent and respond to youth homelessness, focusing on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth and includes education, child welfare, housing, employment, and juvenile justice system reform.
The NYAC represents an important bridge between formerly homeless young people and policymakers, service providers, and community officials throughout the country. NN4Y provides leadership development and advocacy training and a platform for our Youth Advisors to collaborate and identify practices that help young people avoid and overcome homelessness. Moreover, they advocate directly to policymakers for solutions to youth and young adult homelessness and human trafficking.
NN4Y provides support to communities to create Local Cross-System Collaboratives on Youth Homelessness to address the root causes of homelessness among young people by advancing innovative, long-term solutions through multi-pronged and multi-level collaborative community work. These cross-system collaboratives center youth with lived experience and improve systems to prevent and respond to YYA experiences of homelessnessness in communities by bringing together a broad range of stakeholders and assisting them in leveraging their strengths to transform systems and increase effectiveness.