Mission: The national center for youth law (ncyl) creates lasting change for children in need. Ncyl uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. (cont' on schedule o) ncyl works to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.
Programs: The national center for youth law's fostered initiative improves the educational outcomes of students in the state's care. Fostered collaborates with state and local agencies to ensure each student is supported by an educational champion and strengthened by an education team. Fostered has directly served over 4,500 foster youth in california, arizona, and indiana. Foster youth in the program have overcome approximately 90% of identified educational challenges. Fostered's policy efforts resulted in california becoming the first state to include foster youth as a distinct subgroup in its education accountability framework. As a result, los angeles unified school district, the second largest school district in the country, developed a new $9. 9 million foster youth program. (cont' schedule o)in 2014, fostered committed to working in new mexico, and to expanding the population it serves to probation-supervised youth. The aclu-nc, the national center for youth law, and pro-bono counsel settled our lawsuit against the eureka city schools, which we filed in federal court in 2013. The lawsuit alleged discrimination against native american students, black students, and students with disabilities, and accused school and district administrators of failing to stop racial and sexual harassment against students. Under the wide-ranging agreement, the district will implement a community-wide process aimed at cultivating a positive and inclusive school climate where all students feel welcome and safe. The district has also agreed to establish goals for enhancing multi-cultural curricula and reducing race-based disparities in discipline and transfers to alternative schools. Ncyl and pro-bono counsel reached a settlement in a las vegas foster care lawsuit. The work highlights concerns with numerous aspects of clark county's child welfare system, including the use of psychotropic medications on children, physical and sexual abuse in foster homes, and the adequacy of child protective services investigations. The $2,075 million settlement will benefit seven former foster children injured while in clark county custody. While the monetary awards are modest compared to the harm suffered by our clients, the compensation will make an enormous difference in their lives.
During my time as director of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), as well my tenures directing three county human services agencies, I have had the opportunity to work with many organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children youth and families. The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has been at the forefront as a collaborative and effective partner, committed to supporting change.
I have worked with NCYL to improve the supports provided to commercially sexually exploited children, ensure California's child welfare services system is supporting all aspects of well-being of foster youth, and increase inter-agency collaboration at the state and local level; allowing these systems to more effectively support our communities and fulfill our obligation to ensure that children are protected and provided an equitable opportunity to succeed in life. Their expertise, focus on outcomes, and history of elevating youth voice makes them exemplary partners who are grounded in the realities of local implementation and impact.
NCYL has improved the way our public systems meet the needs of our children, youth and families, and in doing so, has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands. I am pleased to recommend them as a sound investment to any funder.
Director, California Department of Social Services
The National Center for Youth Law has long been the voice for low-income children and youth who have been abused, neglected, or challenged with other disadvantages. I have admired how NCYL has used the law to improve the lives of such disadvantaged children and youth. For example, I heard about NCYL’s efforts to help a foster care youth play high school football but was prevented because he had transferred to this school. For foster care students who transfer to many schools, sports is sometimes their only haven. NCYL successfully changed a state policy, so that such foster youth can participate in school sports when they transfer to a new school. This case cemented by admiration for NCYL. NCYL has also successfully reformed entire state foster care systems to protect and improve the lives of foster care children, as well as prevent unnecessary deaths. NCYL has also eliminated barriers to health and mental health care for at-risk youth. What I admired most about NCYL is that it provides hope and resources for children and youth who have no voice of their own to improve policies and laws that impact their lives.