Sunday, June 1, 2014
Accomplishments of the National Youth Administration (part 5 of 10): Job Training for Young Americans
Above: The description for this New York City photo reads, "A group of young women are shown in the welding shop of the NYA Work Experience Center, 43-02 Ditmars Boulevard. The young women are being assigned to the mechanical and metal trades work shops to give them experience in defense activities. The center, the largest of its kind in the country, employs more than 3,000 young men and women in its automobile repair, sheet metal, furniture repair, upholstery, welding, sewing and painting shops." Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
Above: "NYA workers attending classes in auto mechanics. Phoenix, Arizona," 1936. Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the New Deal Network.
Above: NYA participants could gain valuable experience in social studies. Here, NYA workers in Illinois research the "mobility of physicians." Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the New Deal Network.
Above: A young woman on a NYA sewing project in Minnesota. According to the Final Report of the National Youth Administration, "Throughout the NYA program, sewing was an important project work for girls. It ranged from sewing scrap material by hand to power sewing of heavy materials which led directly into defense and war employment...In Milwaukee, Wis., several hundred girls made and repaired clothes for orphanages and city welfare groups...Some of the largest sewing orders for projects in all States came from hospitals for which girls made all types of medical and surgical supplies, and uniforms for doctors, nurses, and domestic employees...the garment workers union cooperated, and youth automatically matriculated in the union when they applied for private employment" (p. 144-145). Between 1936 and 1942, NYA sewing workers made 11.2 million garments, 4.6 million household articles, 30.7 million hospital supplies, and 144 thousand flags (p. 146). Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the New Deal Network.