In 2012, a group of seven national organizations dedicated to Opportunity Youth came together to create the National Council of Young Leaders in order to give a more powerful voice to the constituency they represent. This group of sponsoring organizations has steadily expanded since then.
Each organization listed below sponsors between one and three members of the National Council of Young Leaders, which is now the steering committee of Opportunity Youth United. The sponsoring organizations pay for their representatives’ travel and stipend, and work closely with them in implementing actions. They participate in strategic decisions affecting the direction of OYU.