The National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been a public education and policy advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention and eradication of youth homelessness in America for over 40 years. As the largest and most diverse network of its kind, NN4Y mobilizes over 300 members and affiliates –organizations that work on the front lines every day to provide prevention services and respond to runaways and youth experiencing homelessness and human trafficking.

The Approach

NN4Y pursues collaborative strategies to decrease the number of youth who experience homelessness in the United States. In doing so, they protect young people from:

  • Criminal justice system ensnarement
  • Victimization, exploitation and trafficking
  • Chronic adult homelessness
  • Untreated physical and mental illnesses
  • Death

This requires a multidimensional, collaborative approach among government agencies, community organizations, the private sector and young people themselves. NN4Y creates and strengthens these relationships to facilitate a seamless, effective and comprehensive systems response to youth homelessness.

Partnering to Improve Outcomes for Young People

Their work is predicated on robust partnerships with:

  • Youth experiencing homelessness. In 2014, NN4Y launched a National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) comprised of young people who have overcome homelessness.
  • Communities serving youth. Through the members, they are connected to over 100 communities who are seeking to prevent and reduce youth
  • The federal government. Members of Congress and federal officials work with NN4Y to amend policies that fail to effectively address youth homelessness.
  • Advocacy organizations. They partner with state and national policy advocacy organizations to promote the exchange of ideas, priorities and policy