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Poster for the Illinois branch of the National Youth Administration, 1937
National Youth Administration Vocational Guidance--brush-up classes to improve typing ability (Illinois).
NYA float, "Projects for Out-of-School Youth," Inaugural Parade, Washington, DC, January 20, 1937

The National Youth Administration (NYA) was a New Deal agency in the United States. It operated from 1935 to 1943 as part of the Works Progress Administration.

The NYA was headed by Aubrey Willis Williams, a prominent liberal from Alabama who was close to Harry Hopkins and Eleanor Roosevelt. The head of the Texas division at one point was Lyndon B. Johnson, who was later to become President of the United States.

By 1938, it served 327,000 high school and college youth, who were paid from $6 to $40 a month for "work study" projects at their schools. Another 155,000 boys and girls from relief families were paid $10 to $25 a month for part-time work that included job training. Unlike the CCC, it included young women. The youth normally lived at home, and worked on construction or repair projects. Its annual budget was approximately $58,000,000.

The NYA operated numerous programs for out of school youth.

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