|A New Deal for Youth|
|Posted by Graham Humphrey|
|on July 12, 2012|
The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and the FDR Presidential Library will host A New Deal for Youth, one of five great field experiences participants can
It includes an introduction to two New Deal programs close to Mrs. Roosevelt's heart, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the National Youth Administration (NYA).
The NYA had a little-known Hudson Valley site, the Woodstock Resident Work Center (pictured here) now the Woodstock School of Art. There, girls acquired experience “in the general field of wool, spinning and twisting and weaving” while boys worked in “wood, stone, wool, and metal crafts.”
Youth earned enough money to cover room and board with at least $8 remaining each month for personal expenses. The centers had large dormitories, located in the heart of Woodstock, which also provided facilities for sports, recreation, and cultural activities.
Can't make it on the 25th? Cottage Conversations are offered at Val-Kill on Aug. 4, Sept. 6, and Oct. 2. Get to know Mrs. Roosevelt and her work over a cup of tea and plate
Looking for lesson plans about ER? Check out Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Hero designed for fourth graders by National Park Service educator Susanne Norris.
Or try Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Day, Your Day, three lessons adaptable for grades 4-12. Based on ER's newspaper column, the unit was created by Barbara Goodman, a teacher at Newburgh Free Academy, who took part in the teacher-ranger-teacher program.
Photos courtesy of Woodstock School of Art