About the National Youth Agency

Young people –all young people -deserve a productive, fulfilling future. Society needs the spark and energy of young people to make it tick. Yet somehow thousands of young people feel blocked by the complex, sometimes disheartening challenges the modern world throws at them.

There’s a waste of human potential going on that urgently needs to be reversed.

Youth work – the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and to prepare for life – has never been more important.

NYA is the national body for this vital, but under-recognised discipline. Our vision is rooted in our steadfast belief in young people and their ability to shape the world.  By championing, professionalising and enabling youth work, we strive to find better, more inventive ways to empower more young people.

Our starting point is our steadfast belief in young people and their potential to shape the world, no matter what society puts in their way. Our plan then has three key elements…

Championing youth work in all its many forms – incubating new approaches, celebrating its many thousands of practitioners. 

Professionalising youth work – training youth workers, setting occupational standards.

Enabling youth work – making it happen through our networks of front line youth work providers.

Read more about Our Purpose.

 

500,000
young people have been reached by our work

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Lonely millennials are more likely to have mental health problems, be out of work and feel pessimistic about their ability to succeed in life than their peers who feel connected to others, regardless of gender or wealth, research has revealed.

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Attending the regional youth work units meeting today to discuss all things workforce. Be great to be with colleagues from around England and hear insights from them on how we can all support people to get qualified in our incredible youth work sector #youthwork @natyouthagency

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