NYRA Action Teams
Chapters are the best way members can contribute to the organization, but not everyone can start a local chapter. For everyone else, Action Teams are the best way to help out the cause. Each team is dedicated to completing a specific task each month. Tasks are straight-forward, simple, and easy to do. Each team has a minimum amount of activity required per month, but members can always do more! Team activity is tracked in the forums and on the Youth Rights Facebook App. The more members you recruit, money you raise, or blog entries you write the better your ranking. Keep track of how you are doing, how your team is doing, and win rewards! You can join as many teams as you like, but you have to meet the requirements of each or you’re off the team!
NYRA has a total of six action teams: Fundraising, Research, Recruiting, Blogging, Video, and Letter Writing. Get info on each team below and sign up!
Requirements: Raise $10 or more for NYRA each month.
Description: Money is the life-blood of this organization. Support NYRA’s projects and campaigns by helping to raise money. Team members raise or donate at least $10 a month. But raise more to help boost your individual and team totals.
- Put aside a few bucks every week and donate a bit each month.
- Talk to your friends and family and encourage them to donate.
- Organize a Silent Auction.
- Organize a Fundraiser.
Requirements: Make at least three substantive changes/contributions to the Youth Rights Network each month.
Description: Information is power. NYRA has utilized the same engine as Wikipedia to power a youth-led information gathering project exclusively for the youth rights movement. Add to the youth rights law library, chart the movement’s history, explore youth rights issues in depth, and much more.
- Lots of youth rights issues are on Wikipedia feel free to use those articles to expand corresponding Youth Rights Network articles.
- To find state laws regarding youth rights, start here.
- Research and writing is needed most, but so is better organization of the YRN content.
- One sentence entries aren’t useful, be sure to develop more depth for new articles.
- Write new articles, expand existing articles, or work on updating & correcting existing articles.
Requirements: Recruit two or more new NYRA-subscribers each month.
Description: The key to any successful movement is growth, so help us grow by recruiting new supporters. Tell all your friends about us. If you want to excel at this task, go to events with lots of people (especially youth) and get them to sign up membership forms. Recruiting is a great thing to do at school too. It doesn’t take long to sign up, and it is a great way to break the ice and spread the word.
- Talk to your friends and family about NYRA, tell them to join (and list you as a referrer).
- Or have them write down their information on paper and enter it online yourself. Be sure you get basic info like name, e-mail, city, state, etc.
- Download and print out NYRA mass membership forms, take these to concerts, protests, parades, community fairs, or at school. Get lots of folks to sign up. Then enter their info online.
- When talking to someone for the first time, just give them a short introduction about NYRA and ask if they want to sign up to get more information. People don’t have time to listen to a 10 minute presentation. Be quick, be direct, and be optimistic. Be proud to represent NYRA and let it show.
Requirements: Post at least one entry to Age of Reason each month.
Description: A big part of the problem we face is that no one listens to youth. Consider this team your chance to be heard. Share your views on everything from struggles with ageism in your personal life, to your perspective on youth rights in the news, to interesting developments from the front lines of the movement. Share your voice with the world by writing for NYRA’s Blog, Age of Reason.
- Comment on current news stories, stay timely and relevant. Check the Youth Rights News Wire for ideas.
- Be sure to check your spelling and grammar, lets dispel all the negative stereotypes about youth, not reinforce them.
- Remember, this is the official blog for NYRA, so be sure to write articles that are on topic and in line with official NYRA positions.
- Be passionate, but don’t write vulgar, radical rants.
Requirements: Submit at least one video each month for inclusion on NYRA’s YouTube channel.
Description: If NYRA is going to be successful we have to take advantage of every medium to get our message out. Millions of videos are seen on YouTube, we need to inject quality youth rights videos on the web too. A good video that goes viral could bring thousands of new supporters to the cause.
- Be funny! The best way for a video to become popular and get lots of views is to use humor. Find a way to promote NYRA’s message using humor.
- Be informed! Be sure to check out lots of stats, arguments and talking points on the NYRA website to help get material for your video.
- Promote youth rights, but also promote NYRA. Be sure to include a link to YouthRights.org somewhere in your video.
- Reference other videos, news clips, and current events. Topical videos are good videos.
Requirements: Participate in letter-writing campaigns (at least 1 letter per month).
Description: They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Young people need to squeak more. The media labels youth as criminals, politicians continually pass anti-youth bills without consulting teens, and businesses restrict and disrespect their young customers. It is up to the letter writing team to let them know that someone is watching. Pay attention to the forum for monthly targets.
- Be passionate, but be professional. State your complaint as clearly and directly as you can.
- If you have friends who don’t want to join the team, get them to write letters too, you can count it toward your total for the month.
- Be sure to identify yourself and leave contact information in case they want to respond.
- It is important to complain about anti-youth actions, but don’t forget to thank anyone who is being properly respectful toward youth.
- Check out the Letter Writing Team leaderboard here.
- If you are on Facebook, check out our Facebook Letter-Writing group to exchange ideas and ask questions.