The National Youth Administration (NYA) was a New Deal agency implemented during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It operated from 1935 to 1943 as part of the Works Progress Administration. The NYA provided work training based on U.S. citizenship and financial need for youth between ages 16 and 25. In addition to offering courses in writing, reading, and arithmetic, the NYA operated two programs: the Works Project Program to train unemployed, out-of-school youth, and the Student Aid Program to provide work-study training for high school, college, and graduate students.
What’s the significance?
Overall, the NYA helped over 4.5 million young people find work, get vocational training, or afford a better education before the office was closed down in 1943. Due to the rising rate of youth unemployment throughout the nation since the current recession, those seeking solutions have suggested re-vamping the National Youth Administration. Many view providing jobs and making education and vocational training more affordable for young people as a positive investment in our future.
Who’s talking about it?
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow David Woolner discusses saving a “Lost Generation” through the NYA… Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren laments that we don’t have the leadership to implement a modern-day NYA… Randall Wray suggests an NYA concept for direct job creation.