Upcoming Virtual Convenings to Address Key Topics That Impact Opportunity Youth

Upcoming virtual events being held by fellow organizations in the national ecology around opportunity youth—Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Network and the National Youth Employment Coalition—will address key issues for opportunity youth. We encourage you to consider learning more about each and participating.


Opportunity Youth Forum Digital Learning Series—The Power of Place: Addressing Structural Racism in Place to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth

Host: Aspen Institute
Date: May 27, 2021,  12:00-4:00pm EST

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is hosting the launch of its Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) Virtual Learning Series 2021: Addressing Structural Racism in Place to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth this week.

The series will focus on structural racism, the systems that touch opportunity youth and the interventions that best support youth and young adults to achieve their goals, including advancing meaning-making, fostering belonging and deepening healing practices. The first session in the series will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 12:00-4:00pm EST. 

Over this summer, OYF’s learning sessions will look at key systems that touch opportunity youth, including: (i) re-engagement, (ii) postsecondary, and (iii) the workforce, with the structural racism and place-based lens, while lifting up strategies, practices, and tools from across the OYF network and partners.

Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Forum includes dozens of communities from diverse urban, rural and tribal places seeking to scale multiple reconnection pathways that achieve better outcomes in education and employment for opportunity youth. The Forum for Community Solutions’ Opportunity Youth Forum works on many topics related to the success and needs of young adults


Register for Addressing Structural Racism in Place to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth


2021 All Youth Connecting Forum: Reengage, Rebuild, Reconnect

Host: National Youth Employment Coalition
Date: June 21-24th 2021

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is partnering with the National League of Cities Reengagement Network and other local and national partners for the All Youth Connecting Forum—a virtual four-day convening. One year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth-serving organizations have transformed and tried out a myriad of tools and models to reach young people. The Forum will dive into these new approaches, explore what the labor market may hold for young people, and discuss policy changes that will create an equitable recovery. 

In its fourth year, the conference will feature a pre-conference, opportunities to connect with attendees, youth-led and designed workshops, happy/social networking hours, and dynamic and engaging sessions.  

NYEC is again holding its Action Hour— a component of the Forum that allows young adults (16-24) the opportunity to showcase current or pending projects related to civic engagement, entrepreneurial ventures, and advocacy for feedback and support from conference attendees.

NYEC represents organizations that serve and study opportunity youth, bringing the wisdom of practitioners to policymakers and the fields of workforce development, education, youth development, and rehabilitation services.

NYEC is a membership organization for youth-serving organizations. NYEC members receive a 25% discount on Forum registrations. The discount code can be found in the Member Portal. If your organization is not an NYEC member, you may consider joining to take advantage of this and other benefits of members. 


2021 All Youth Connecting Forum Registration