Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

National Network for Youth

Washington, DC


The mission of the National Network is to mobilize the collective power and expertise of our national community to influence public policy and strengthen effective responses to youth homelessness.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Darla J. Bardine

Main Address


Washington, DC 20003 USA

Formerly Known As

National Network of Runaway and Youth Services,


runaway youth, homeless youth, street youth, family, development, homeless, gay, shelter, advocacy, unnacompanied, disadvantaged, public policy, advocacy, human trafficking, solutions, best practic





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Professional Societies, Associations (P03)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Youth homelessness affects as many as one in 30 adolescents and one in ten young adults in America, totaling a full 4.2 million young Americans between the ages of 13 and 25 annually. In addition to a lack of housing, homelessness among young people often corresponds with extreme poverty, mental illness, lack of employment, substance abuse problems, familial and even social estrangement. For youth to transition into a productive adulthood, young people need equitable access to quality social support, education and employment opportunities, legal services, and more. The National Network for Youth is filling a critical need in lifting up the voice of young people directly impacted by these issues by partnering with Youth Advisors, mobilizing and training service providers, and advocating for commonsense policies and programs.

Our programs

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Federal Policy Advocacy

Youth Partnerships

Local Cross-System Collaboratives

Human Trafficking Trainings and Resources

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

National Network for Youth envisions a future in which every community in America has an appropriate, youth-centric system response to ensure that every young person has a safe place to call home.

The National Network for Youth works in close partnership with our members, formerly homeless young people, and other advocacy organizations. Together, we identify the most effective practices in preventing and responding to youth and young adult homelessness, and we craft policy solutions so that communities can implement these practices and have the resources to do so. We work closely with both federal agency staff and Members of U.S. Congress to advocate for national policies that work for young people. We leverage the relationships of our network to influence these policymakers. Through our network, we encourage service providers and systems to leverage diverse resources and implement best practices for young people, even before they are required to do so by law. We provide systems and community level practice information about how rural, suburban, and urban communities can actively work to prevent and effectively respond to youth and young adult homelessness. Through public presentations and social media, we educate the public and policymakers about the issue of youth and young adult homelessness in America and what actions they can take to decrease the number of young people experience homelessness.

NN4Y has been doing this work for over 40 years and is the leading voice on youth and young adult homelessness in the United States. NN4Y's work is informed by data, research, and a national network of over 300 human services providers with extensive frontline knowledge in addressing this issue. We engage and listen to the young people themselves, who know what it means to have no home and nowhere to turn. Our robust network enables us mobilize advocates — both youth and adults — quickly and at all levels to educate and engage policymakers. Together, our work results in positive, real-life systems change for thousands of youth across the country. Informed by our connections to providers and young people, we have forged trusted relationships with policymakers who rely on our expertise to make sound choices for youth in the systems and programs they administer.

We will know we are making progress if there is an increase in the number of American communities serving youth and young adults at-risk of and experiencing homelessness. We will also know we are making progress if there are improvements in the methodologies use to identify the number of YYA experiencing homelessness in the United States. Once we have accurate prevalence data on YYA homelessness in America, we will know we are making progress when this number decreases over time.

NN4Y has demonstrated success: 1) Removed the documentation barrier that prevented young people from accessing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Homelessness Assistance Program because most youth and young adults don't become homeless with a formal eviction notice 2) Amended federal regulations so that existing programs can better serve the needs of young people facing homelessness 3) Increased federal funding so that communities can provide more housing and service options for young people 4) Convened federal agencies to implement strategies to streamline services to be delivered more effectively to youth and their families

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, it is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, it is difficult to identify actionable feedback.

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