The Youth Service was started in Gibraltar in 1963. It forms part of the Ministry of Culture, the Media Youth and Sport whose Minister is The Hon S Linares.
The Youth Service allocates grants to associations delivering Youth Work and aims to involve and enable young people. Support is also given to "The Cheshire Home Project, The Luce Foundation, and performing arts groups with rehearsal space, fund raising opportunities and workshops. The Youth Service also acts as a clearing house for many youth initiatives including local ethnic groups, neighbourhood initiatives and parents support groups.
As a Government department the Youth Service contributes towards the work of 'The Youth Advisory Council', 'The Drugs Advisory Council', 'Child Protection Committee' and also works closely with professionals from these and other NGO’s to promote and protect young peoples’ interests and safety.
An integral part of the Youth Service’s work is to actively foster young peoples’ involvement and empowerment in all matters of the community and particularly in those areas of greatest concern and relevance to them. To this end the Youth Service plays an integral role on the council chaired by the Minister for Youth, which includes representative from all sectors of the “Youth Community” including registered youth groups, student representation, ethnic groups and individual members.
The Youth Service maintains a fully trained and inducted work force, with JNC degree qualified full time Youth & Community Workers and locally trained part time Youth Support Workers that undergo and have to successfully complete a locally validated course.