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The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) is dedicated to defending the freedom, equality, and rights of all young people by challenging age discrimination and prejudice.

NYRA was formed in 1998 by a group of young people who wanted to challenge the age discrimination they were experiencing and create an organization, that like other civil rights groups, could push our society to a more just world. From our 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 the nation’s largest youth rights organization and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Maryland.

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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.