Public Policy

NN4Y 2014 White Paper


NN4Y released this White Paper at it's first National Summit on Youth Homelessness March 24-25, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Please read this White Paper, Youth Homelessness in America: The Current Status and The Way Forward, to learn what is currently being done to prevent youth homelessness and how community-based organizations are caring for homeless youth.  Also, we lay out a plan for the future so that more young people are able to access safety and stability. Also, download our Fact Sheet that summarizes this White Paper and proposes FY 15 increased funding. 


The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is committed to ensuring that opportunities for development and permanency be made available to youth who face greater odds due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, homelessness, lack of resources, community prejudice, differing abilities, barriers to learning, and other life challenges.  NN4Y provides its members with networking, education, training, and policy advocacy with federal, state, and local lawmakers.

Through its members, the Network is connected to communities all over the United States and the in-the-trenches experiences of these community-based organizations, Policy Advisory Comitte (PAC), and our soon to be launched National Youth Advisory Counsel (NYAC) inform and drive the Network's policy recommendations and priorities.  

Today the NN4Y represents public, community-based, and faith-based organizations that provide services to youth and families in the United States and territories.  Many of our members receive funding through the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.  Funds and practices from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the McKinney-Vento Act on homelessness, and the Workforce Investment Act also assist local runaway and homeless youth program operators in leveraging state and local and private funding and accomplishing their mission with a positive youth development philosophy. 

With this combination of federal, state, local, and private resources, NN4Y’s organization members provide the full gamut of preventive, interventive, and developmental supports to youth and families in high-risk situations. 

Collectively, NN4Y member organizations serve over 2.5 million youth annually.