At the FOREFRONT of YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, since 1974

 

The NYA's Mandate

The National Youth Authority (NYA) which was established in 1974 by NRDC 241 is thus the Statutory Public Organization with the mandate to ensure the empowerment of the Ghanaian youth and it is under the Ministry for Youth & Sports.

MISSION
We exist to provide relevant and conducive environment that defines and supports the implementation of effective frontline youth empowerment practices, focusing on young people’s participation in socio-economic and political development whist facilitating private and third sector provider investments in youth empowerment.

VISION
To become a unique public sector youth development service delivery organization, responsive to the empowerment needs of the Ghanaian youth and ensuring their access to national development investment opportunities.

YOUTH DEFINITION AND CATEGORIZATION
In Ghana, the youth are defined as people between the ages of 15 and 35 years.

     Rural and Urban
     Male and Female
     Adolescent and Adults
     Physically Challenged and Able-Bodied
     In-School and Out-of-School
     Organized and Unorganized
     Skilled and Unskilled


CORE ACTIVITY OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH AUTHORITY
The NYA registers youth groups and associations throughout the country to build reliable data for effective programming. It provides out-of-school youth, especially the deprived, with skills training through the Youth Leadership and Skills training Institutes.

It organizes youth programmes to provide them with the best information to enable them make informed choices on health and career, while sensitizing them on governance, civic responsibilities and morality.

It also provides opportunities for the youth to build their own enterprises and create wealth for themselves and the nation.

The NYA runs distance education in Youth Development Work with the University of Ghana, Legon.

It also coordinates the activities of all youth organizations and formulates policies and programs in respect of all youth activities.

STRUCTURE OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH AUTHORITY

    Ministry of Youth & Sports
    Board of Trustees National Secretariat headed by a National Coordinator and assisted by four Deputy National Coordinators
    Regional Secretariats, headed by Regional Youth Coordinators
    District Secretariats, manned by District Youth Coordinators


ADMINISTRATION OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH AUTHORITY
The National Youth Authority is an agency under the Ministry of Youth and Sports and is governed by a Board of Trustees and is headed by a National Coordinator (NC). The National Coordinator is assisted by four deputies, who are also in charge of the following departments:

      Administration & Finance
      Organization & Programmes
      Education & Training
      Research and Policy Planning & Monitoring

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