About the Netherlands Youth Institute

Mission and ambition

Our drive is to improve the lives of children, young people, their parents and other educators. Many people share this goal. In order to achieve it, building on appropriate knowledge is crucial.

The Netherlands Youth institute is the knowledge centre committed to collecting, enriching, interpreting and sharing topical knowledge on youth, professionalism and the youth services infrastructure. This is our contribution to safer, healthier and more favourable lives of children, young people and their parents.


The Netherlands Youth institute wants every child to have a happy childhood. Together with other parties we will be better able to answer current questions. The lives of children, young people and parents take key position. To achieve this, we promote the use of existing and new knowledge on growing up healthy, safe and favourable. We make sure that this knowledge reaches everyone who might benefit, that it touches them and is put to use. And we learn from outcomes and results.

Using, learning and developing knowledge: that is what it is all about. So our motto is: ‘Learning together and doing what works’.


Public duty

As Netherlands Youth institute we perform a public duty. For this we receive funding from central government. Our knowledge is available to everyone. For instance via our website, through meetings and lectures, in dialogue sessions and debate and through a varied offer of publications.

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