History of the NYTC


"Since its inception, it has been both a physical structure and the embodiment of a mission..."

Since its inception, the NYTC has been both a physical structure and the embodiment of a mission—to be a collaborative learning community to benefit youth and young people with disabilities. The National Youth Transitions Center was born from an initiative developed by The HSC Foundation—a foundation dedicated to improving access to services for individuals facing social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances. The HSC Foundation realized the critical importance of timely intervention for transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities and as a result, developed The National Youth Transitions Center in 2011.

NYTC Center, a seven-story building located in the midst of a university campus in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the youth transitions field. It houses multiple tenants who have a successful track record of making a difference in the lives of young people with disabilities. The National Youth Transitions Center offers access (free of charge, during building office hours) to three conference spaces, for members of the Youth Transitions Collaborative, partners of the NYTC, and other organizations that offer transitions-related programming. 

An increasing focus of the NYTC is the development of programming in five key areas:

  • Career counseling and exploration
  • School-to-work readiness training
  • Work-based learning (mentoring and internships)
  • Personal development and leadership training
  • Family education and support

The Center continues to expand its services to Collaborative members, who currently include more than 45 organizations. Eight of these member organizations have offices within the Center building, and all members can make use of the Center for conferences, workshops and other events.

To learn more about the development of the National Youth Transitions Center, please see the NYTC Infrastructure Guide.