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NYA Overview


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.

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.

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.


  1. Ministry of Youth & Sports
  2. Board of Trustees
  3. Head Office headed by a Chief Executive Officer and assisted by two Deputy Chief Executive Officers
  4. Regional Secretariats, headed by Regional Youth Directors
  5. District Secretariats, manned by District Youth Directors

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 Chief Executive Officer.

The Chief Executive Officer is assisted by two deputies, who are also in charge of the following departments:

  1. Finance and Administration
  2. Programmes and Operations