The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) aims to improve life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives. Since 2001, we have translated research into policy and practice effectuating change that produces more efficient and effective systems, generates better outcomes for vulnerable young people, and maintains safety for youth and their families, youth-serving professionals, and communities as a whole. Specifically, our staff:
- collaborate with communities to build capacity across service delivery systems
- conduct applied research and evaluation
- communicate emergent and best practices to policymakers and practitioners
- guide and inform policy at the national, state, and local levels
- elevate the voices and perspectives of youth and families
The NCYOJ is supported with funding from foundations, federal and state agencies, and national organizations. This public and private support enables us to engage in a wide variety of projects that promote systems change and improve outcomes for youth.