What We Work For
We help youth-serving systems and communities better support the needs and aspirations of young people, expand opportunities for them, and promote their well-being.
Adolescence is a formative developmental period for youth that has lasting impacts on their futures. All youth need a range of opportunities, relationships, and supports in order to be healthy, productive, and prepared for adulthood. Unfortunately, youth in foster care, the juvenile justice system, and who have experienced homelessness are often involved with systems that are ill-prepared to meet their developmental needs.
We work to ensure that public systems, communities, and families have the resources and knowledge they need to encourage youth’s well-being, belonging, and thriving and that our nation’s policy agenda works to facilitate youth success.
How We Do It
We collaborate with partner organizations and agencies who work closely with youth to increase the resources available to them and create supportive environments that can promote the well-being of all youth.
We work with system leaders, providers, youth, and community partners to change practices and policies that are harmful to youth. Our work celebrates and affirms young people and helps the systems with which they are involved to serve them in the most effective, strength-based, and meaningful ways possible.
Through policy and practice change, we work to ensure youth-serving systems and community partners have the resources to support and promote the well-being of youth while also empowering youth themselves to advocate for their own needs and for their communities.