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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@RishiSunak @andrealeadsom This is indeed welcome & good news. Please could we have the same support to help the 3 MILLION young people who desperately need high quality youth services to support them? @natyouthagency stands ready to make this happen with partners! The business case is very compelling!

This is scary. Young people/services have already borne the brunt of cuts with £1 in every £16 cut from council budgets coming from youth services. We need to rebuild youth services not make more misguided cuts when x3 the number of young people need help! https://apple.news/AivYUYIfnQaikmxgOOHKfuQ

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