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National Youth Advocacy Coalition

National Youth Advocacy Coalition

Phone: 202-319-7596


e National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a national social justice organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people to strengthen the role of young people in the LGBTQ rights movement. Celebrating its 17th anniversary, NYAC's full-time professional staff supports local, state and national organizations working to engage LGBTQ youth. NYAC is committed to representing the voices of young people - the largest living generation - within the broader LGBTQ and social justice movements. Through capacity building, advocacy and youth engagement, NYAC is building a generation of impact.
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

To create a world in which:

  • There is opportunity for all LGBT youth to live to their fullest potential in a socially, racially and economically just world.
  • Policies and laws reflect the lives of LGBT youth and allow youth the opportunity to grow into their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual potential.
  • Youth have the knowledge, skills, and decision-making power to define their own issues and to advocate for themselves.
  • Youth have access to appropriate resources and accurate information that enable them to develop into healthy adults.
  • Individuals, organizations, institutions, and governments understand the interconnections of oppressions and work in collaboration to eradicate them.
Capacity Building

Working with local, state and national organizations to increase their effectiveness in working with LGBTQ youth. This work ranges from developing models programs and development training to providing a national infrastructure to improve communication between organizations working with LGBTQ youth.

Advocating for issues important to LGBTQ youth and the organizations that work with them. We accomplish this work by bridging together local, state and national organizations on issues important to LGBTQ youth. This includes bringing local issues to a state and national level and bringing LGBTQ young people and their perspectives to the attention of folks setting the national policy agendas.
Youth Engagement

Helping youth navigate their way in the world of our movement and the political system. Today's young people are members of the largest living generation. It is vital to the success of our movement and our government to effectively engage and empower young people. NYAC is offering assistance local, state and national organizations interested in engaging and empowering LGBTQ youth. We are also supporting the development of strategies and programs to engage LGBTQ youth in the political process.

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