National Youth Administration


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National Youth Administration

(NYA), former U.S. government agency established in 1935 within the Works Progress Administration; it was transferred in 1939 to the Federal Security Agency and was placed in 1942 under the War Manpower Commission. Created in a period of widespread unemployment as part of the New Deal program of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the NYA at first engaged in obtaining part-time work for unemployed youths. As unemployment decreased and war approached, emphasis was gradually shifted to training youths for war work until, early in 1942, all NYA activities not contributing to the war effort were dropped. Its activities ceased late in 1943.
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For a detailed discussion of Mary McLeod Bethune's role in the government during the New Deal see Ross' "Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Youth Administration .
There he attracted the attention of President Roosevelt, who named him Texas state director of the National Youth Administration in 1935.
3 million people were employed in agencies such as the Works Projects Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the National Youth Administration.
Joe completed his course work by the end of his third year at Curtis, was already playing in the National Youth Administration Orchestra, and won a position as principal horn of the National Symphony.
Yet a closer look at his early political career, particularly his stint as state director for the National Youth Administration (NYA) in Texas, suggests a deeper commitment to civil rights than this simple narrative of personal and political evolution would indicate.
There are a few works, most notably Robert Dallek's Lone Star Rising and Christie Bourgeois's "Stepping over Lines: Lyndon Johnson, Black Texans, and the National Youth Administration," that have argued otherwise, finding a laudable record on civil rights in Johnson's NYA tenure, one rooted in a genuine commitment to equality.
Bethune's duties were clearly defined: "to promote the full integration and participation of negroes in the program of the National Youth Administration.
89) When LBJ left the NYA for Congress, Bethune wrote him a letter of praise, remarking on "the outstanding success of your program with the National Youth Administration .
I think she will be pleased, as it is a credit to the National Youth Administration.
In 1935, Congress established the National Youth Administration, which gave high school students jobs as clerks, janitors, and gardeners for up to $6 a month.

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