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.

The Value of Black Lives

AYPF stands with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black and Brown individuals and families affected by racism. Read AYPF Executive Director Stephanie McGencey’s statement about how AYPF seeks to surface solutions that demonstrate our commitment to justice and support of all Black children and youth.

A Message Regarding COVID-19

The AYPF Board and Staff, to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, are moving from our Dupont Circle offices and will continue to work remotely, indefinitely. We will continue our efforts to be a trusted resource, and thank you in advance for supporting traditionally underserved youth.

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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