Informing Youth Policy, Improving Youth Outcomes

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, professional development organization that provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on education, youth, and workforce policy at the national, state, and local levels.

A Message Regarding COVID-19

AYPF is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and other institutional responses to the virus. Accordingly, AYPF staff began mandatory telework at 5:00pm on Friday, March 13. Telework will remain in effect through at least the end of the day on Monday, June 8. AYPF leadership will continue to monitor the situation and regularly evaluate the need for continued telework beyond June 8.

The AYPF Board and Staff remain committed to our mission and will be responsive to email and telephone communications. We look forward to working with you to improve outcomes for traditionally underserved youth.

We send well wishes to each of you and hope that you remain safe and healthy during this challenging time for our nation.

The COVID-19 Response information hub will share weekly resources related to disadvantaged groups of young people, including the challenges they currently face as well as resources and policies to assist them.

Upcoming Events

Topic Areas

AYPF has wide-ranging expertise in a myriad of education, youth, and workforce policy topics.  To gain a more comprehensive view of our focus areas, click on the following topics:

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Images of Teachers and Students in Action

Youth Populations

AYPF focuses on improving policies and practices that impact traditionally underserved youth, ages 14 – 25. This includes youth who are in school and those who have left school and are not in education, training, or the workforce. To gain a more comprehensive view about the youth at the center of our work, click on a highlighted population.

Policies & Legislation

AYPF analyzes certain federal laws to understand how they affect traditionally underserved youth and how they enable or constrain states and communities in effectively and equitably serving these youth. As a nonpartisan organization, we do not lobby or take positions on legislation, but rather educate and inform policymakers about opportunities to improve youth policy and practice. Click on an icon to learn more about the policies and legislation at the center of our work. 

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