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Rob Wilson re-appointed as Youth Minister

Conservative MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, has been confirmed as the Minister for Civil Society, with responsibility for youth policy.

NYA signs up to iRights

The National Youth Agency has signed up to iRights. Currently the debate about young people’s use of the internet is dominated by safety concerns. This is limiting and unhelpful as digital technology is ever increasing, and young people need to feel empowered to engage and build their knowledge and skills.

Mental health: We need to build resilience

It is mental health awareness week.  With recent announcements of funding to support schools and improve NHS waiting times it might appear that policymakers are at last recognising both the prevalence and the importance of tackling poor mental health.

IYW Council takes over running the Institute for Youth Work

Over the last year the Institute for Youth Work (IYW) steering group has been planning for the IYW membership to take over the governance and continue the development of the Institute for Youth Work that was started by the National Youth Agency.

Blog: Use your voice and vote!

Politics and voting is a hot topic right now. Millions of people will be marching down to their local polling stations tomorrow to get their voices heard and have their say on who should be running the country for the next five years.

Improving employability for 10,000 young people and counting…

More than 10,000 young people have already benefited this year from the National Youth Agency’s new employability support programme.

Social action for change

More than 2,250 young people have been introduced to social action thanks to our Social Action Journey programme which ends in April 2015. 

Blog: How can we encourage soft skills development in young people?

Currently schools in the UK have a narrow focus on a set of core academic skills, and a culture of intensive testing.  This focus has too often squeezed out another set of ‘softer,’ or non-cognitive, skills which as we know are essential for making the most of cognitive abilities

NYA comment on Labour Party manifesto

The Labour Party has dropped its previous pledge to make youth services statutory if it wins the election. The policy does not appear in its party manifesto.

Blog: No vision for young people in election manifestos

Finally the political parties have laid out their manifestos. It’s difficult to know what to make of them.

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