About NYRA

The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) is the nation’s largest organization fighting for the rights of all young people. We were established in 1998 by a group of people who wanted to challenge the age-based discrimination they were experiencing. Realizing that ageism is similar to other forms of oppression, they formed NYRA in the hopes that it would emulate other successful civil rights organizations that have pushed us to a more just world.

From those grassroots beginnings, NYRA has inspired tens of thousands of members and developed dozens of chapters all over the country. We tackle a variety of issues and have successfully overturned anti-youth legislation in several states, supported numerous pieces of legislation in order to expand the rights of young people, submitted amicus briefs in federal court, and encouraged dozens of businesses to drop their age discriminatory practices. Our work has been featured in numerous media outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC World Service, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.

NYRA (pronounced NYE-ruh) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Maryland.

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.