About Us >> Collaborations
The Coalition supports citywide efforts that promote positive youth development principles and other broad-based human services reforms to ensure that the needs of all children, youth, and families are met. Because of this, the Coalition has been actively involved in several collaborations with different umbrella organizations and city agencies, which are detailed below.

New York City Youth Alliance
The Campaign for Summer Jobs
The Human Services Workforce Campaign
Youth Development Assets Task Force
Youth Transition Funders Group

New York City Youth Alliance
The New York City Youth Alliance is a consortium of youth-focused organizations that together represent hundreds of thousands of youth and families in New York City, advocating on their behalf on both the city and state levels. We believe that:
  • All young people have the potential to become competent, skilled, responsible adults, and they need support along the way.
  • Youth programs help to provide that support by developing the talents and skills of young people while meeting the real needs of working families.
The Youth Alliance is currently working to develop a comprehensive youth agenda that will focus on a number of issues that affect the provision of youth services in New York City in the upcoming fiscal year and beyond.

List of Members Includes: The After-School Corporation | Citizens' Committee for Children of New York | The Coalition for After-School Funding | Coalition for Asian American Children & Families | Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies | Human Services Council | Neighborhood Family Services Coalition | New Yorkers For Parks | The New York Immigration Coalition | UJA-Federation of New York | United Neighborhood Houses of New York | YMCA of Greater New York | ... list in formation

The Campaign for Summer Jobs
Launched in December, 1999, the Campaign for Summer Jobs is a coalition of one hundred community-based and citywide organizations working together to ensure the establishment of a permanently-funded, stand-alone summer jobs program in New York. The Campaign for Summer Jobs is coordinated jointly by the Coalition and United Neighborhood Houses and has been successful in maintaining a summer jobs program for teens over the past two years.

For more information on the Campaign or how you can get involved, click here.

The Human Services Workforce Campaign
The Human Services Workforce Campaign is a coalition of over 800 nonprofit human service providers that has come together to find a long-term solution to the workforce crisis that faces all sectors in the human services. To this end, the Workforce Campaign has three main goals that it strives to achieve over the next three to five years, including:
  • Raising the base salaries of direct services and supervisory staff in nonprofit human service agencies;
  • Institutionalizing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all human service government contracts; and
  • Improving the quality of services to clients through the retention and training of our workforce.
To learn more about how you can support the human services workforce or how your agency can join the Workforce Campaign, please visit www.humanservicescouncil.org.

Youth Development Assets Task Force
The Youth Developmental Assets Task Force is spearheaded by the YMCA of Greater New York and includes the Coalition, the Department of Education, DYCD, the Police Department, the City Council, the United Way, and several other New York City children's advocacy groups. The Task Force came together to conduct a survey of 3,000 young people in New York City called Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors (administered by the Search Institute) that would provide a portrait of the developmental assets (40 external/internal assets), deficits, high risk behaviors and thriving indicators of City teens. The goal of the survey is to gather meaningful baseline data for developing asset building strategies and a strength-based, pro-active youth agenda to present to the new city administration in the future.

By the end of this school year, the Task Force has plans to complete the implementation phase of the survey. The results of the survey will be processed by the Search Institute and after receiving this information, the group will re-assemble to discuss how this data can be used to influence youth policy.

The Youth Transition Funders Group
An initiative of the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth (CCFY), a network of over 275 community foundations nationwide dedicated to securing improved conditions for children, youth and families, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) was established in 2001 to provide funding and assistance to communities seeking to address the difficulty many young people experience in their efforts to transition to adulthood. YTFG member philanthropies work together, pooling their investments in order to make a real impact on local efforts to reconnect vulnerable youth and get them back on track to economic self-sufficiency and productive adulthood.

Adopting the theme, "Connected by 25," to describe its mission, the YTFG established five critical outcomes necessary to declare a young person on track to self-sufficient adulthood:
  • Educational achievement in preparation for career and civic participation, including a high school diploma, postsecondary degree and/or vocational certificate training
  • Gainful employment and/or access to career training to achieve life-long economic success
  • Connections to a positive support system - namely, guidance from family members and caring adults, as well as access to health, counseling and mental health services
  • The ability to be a responsible and nurturing parent
  • The capacity to participate in the civic life of one's community
In order to spur discussion and subsequent action around the issue of disconnected youth at the local level, the Out of School Work Group of the YTFG released an RFP in 2004 inviting nine communities to submit a proposal for a Strategic Assessment Grant, designed to help communities take next steps in developing systemic approaches to improving educational options and outcomes for struggling students and out-of-school youth.

The grant aims to enable recipients to:
  • Make progress in implementing practice and policies that improve life outcomes for disconnected youth;
  • Make progress toward creating a system targeting disconnected youth;
  • Address race and class inequities within their systems;
  • Gain national visibility for this important systemic work; and
  • Create a multi-pronged and systemic, community-based approach, built on cross-sector collaboration.
New York City was ultimately one of six communities to receive the grant (the others being Boston, Las Vegas, Portland, San Jose, and Washington, DC.)

New York City YTFG Project
The New York City YTFG Project is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education (DOE), New Visions for Public Schools, the Youth Development Institute of the Fund for the City of New York, Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, Harlem Children's Zone, Good Shepherd Services, New Heights Neighborhood Center, New York City Mission Society, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Titled "Expanding Secondary Reform in New York City through Multiple Educational Pathways," the Project aims to design a system addressing the needs of youth not succeeding within the traditional education system. Expanding on the DOE's Multiple Pathways and Expanded Options strategies, such a system would contain multiple points of entry and re-entry including: prevention programs designed to identify struggling students early on and get them back on track; multiple pathways toward attaining a high school diploma; expanded options for older youth to obtain an education credential and gain the experience necessary to enter the workforce; and follow-up supports. To this end, the New York City YTFG partners are working to determine the scope of the needs of disconnected youth in New York City, the City's current capacity to serve disconnected youth, and what needs to be done to increase the City's ability to help these youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age 25.