The National Youth Agency is the leading national charity for youth work and was created in 1964 to act as the national body for the youth work profession.
Youth work focuses on working holistically with young people. It’s about building resilience and character and giving young people the life skills they need to live, learn, work and interact successfully with other people.
The National Youth Agency is the national body for this important, under-recognised discipline. We have taken the lead in championing it for fifty years. But as the choices and challenges facing young people get more demanding and the public funding to support them diminishes, our mission gets more urgent every day.
The NYA has three strategic objectives which explain the scope of our work:
- Create opportunities for young people
- Developing a skilled and effective youth sector workforce
- Influencing practice [youth work] through policy and research