National Human Services Assembly

Social Justice

Social Justice and Equity Work

On the Road to Unlocked!: Investing in Our Children and Our Communities

The National Human Service Assembly, Youth Advocate Programs, and the Social Justice Initiative of Bryn Mawr College are pleased to host a series of live web-based events discussing what communities can do to create a robust system of care that supports, nurtures, and best serves youth and their families while keeping communities safe. Watch past sessions online.

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.


Boys & Men of Color Thought Leadership

In December 2016, thirty-two leaders from a range of human service organizations convened to reflect on the sector’s existing and emerging role in increasing well-being of boys and men of color in the United States. Participants included direct service providers, research and advocacy groups, national membership organizations, and philanthropic foundations. The group set out to share the unique perspectives of the participating organizations, identify the challenges and opportunities for strategic action, and develop the building blocks for value-added strategies for the future. Read the final report and call to action from this meeting.


The National Assembly is committed to continuing work in this area as part of its expanded focus on equity and social and juvenile justice.

Celebrating 100 years of service!

This year, we are turning 100 years old. Read more on the NHSA blog and look for our Centennial Celebration date to be announced.

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