The National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) is a body of young people from across the United States striving to vocalize the needs of youth who have experienced homelessness by serving as ambassadors and engaging with the lawmakers, service providers, and community officials responsible for creating and implementing change. NYAC members grow as leaders for change and play a vital role in shaping NN4Y’s priorities and strategies.
To date, we have trained over 35 National Youth Advisory Council members to take an active role in crafting a policy advocacy plan, speaking about federal policies that impacted their lives, and educating policymakers to transform systems. NYAC members represent every US region and 17 states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Washington, DC.
To educate policymakers, service providers, and community officials throughout the country about youth and young adult homelessness and advocate for solutions so that no young person in America has to experience even one day of homelessness.
To empower and amplify the voices of young leaders with lived experience of homelessness to transform systems by: