Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt and the National Youth Administration

(Eleanor Roosevelt and New York City Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, 1941. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)

Aubrey Williams, head of the National Youth Administration, wrote: "One of the NYA's ablest and wisest friends was Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt...Her unfailing interest, her deep and sympathetic understanding of the problems of youth, and her endless courage were a source of great strength and guidance to the NYA, to the youth on its program, and to the youth of America. I speak of her with a grateful and thankful heart that youth have had and will continue to have such a friend."

From the publication Final Report of the National Youth Administration, Fiscal Years 1936-1943, by the Federal Security Agency, War Manpower Commission (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944), p. viii.

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