National Human Services Assembly

NCY Initiatives & Programs

NCY Initiatives and Programs


Announcing SparkAction: for children, for youth, for change.

Effective campaigns cost money. Savvy communication requires both the know-how and capacity to reach target audiences. In-depth reporting takes time and skills. And sometimes it feels like it takes a village just to stay on top of the latest news and data. What if there were a way to join your skills and passion with the tools and skills of others to reach a broader audience?

The National Collaboration for Youth is pleased to be among the forces behind, a one-stop journalism and advocacy center by and for the child and youth field. SparkAction has the latest resources from organizations across the field, as well as feature articles, videos and a high-tech interactive Action Center to help you share knowledge, reach a broad audience, and spark meaningful action. Check out and subscribe to the biweekly e-newsletter, The Update!


Ready By 21

We all know that real solutions to improve outcomes for children and youth require more than just working harder. The National Collaboration for Youth has joined a new national partnership, Ready by 21 which brings together national leaders in government, business, education, and youth and community development to ensure that all young people are ready for college, work, and life by age 21.

Our work as the National Collaboration for Youth is to:

  • Bring the message and Ready by 21 tools into our own youth-serving systems;
  • Support learning networks at the national and local level with knowledge, tools and peer support to “go the distance” to ensure all children are Ready by 21.


Beyond Bars

“Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons,” is a publication of the National Collaboration for Youth, produced with significant input and work from National Assembly and NCY member, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.  The report should serve as a handbook for juvenile justice administrators, legislators, judges, the non-profit community and youth advocates for how to end the practice of youth incarceration, promote public safety and restore a sense of belonging for our young people in their homes and neighborhoods. Our collective experiences tell us that communities that are often characterized by intense needs also have extraordinary assets that can be easily overlooked. We advocate for leveraging those assets as one means to meet those intense needs, and providing greater resources for neighborhood-based services and programs.