NYA celebrates 50 faces of youth work


8 Aug 2014

Supporting young people to explore their place in the world or an undervalued and misunderstood profession – the National Youth Agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary by asking people ‘what does youth work mean to you?’

50 Faces of Youth Work aims to shine a light on the wider impact of youth work. Through their own words, the NYA’s online celebration will demonstrate how youth work has provided support, maybe even changed lives, and laid the groundwork for young people to develop and move on to fresh  challenges.

50 Faces of Youth Work will also gather the views of the youth work profession; experienced youth workers, youth sector leaders and key decision makers who have a background in the youth work sector.  Their reflections and insights will highlight the value of the youth work profession and the challenges it has undergone over the past 50 years.

Fiona Blacke, NYA CEO said, “The National Youth Agency is 50 years old and we want to take this opportunity to reflect on the myriad of positive impacts youth work can have. We are hearing more and more on the additional benefits good youth work brings – team skills, resilience, tenacity, self-confidence, all essential for success in education and the work place.  Let’s celebrate some of these stories, and evidence these positives to encourage recognition for the role of youth work.”

The NYA welcomes submissions from those who have received or delivered youth work, and will showcase 50 diverse examples on their website.

Visit 50 Faces of Youth Work and share your thoughts.