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Forming a NYRA Chapter is the best way for individuals to work together on issues that directly affect them in their schools and local communities.

The Benefits of Starting a NYRA Chapter

There are lots of good reasons to start a NYRA chapter, including the following:

  • You’ll be part of a growing movement. Our chapters aren’t just individuals or local groups; they are part of a national organization. We are an established organization with a track record. Being seen as an official chapter of this organization will make a big difference in your ability to enact change. As such, the ability to cite NYRA’s name will give you more credibility. Media outlets are more likely to contact you and legislators are more likely to take you seriously.
  • You’ll get support for our national staff. Becoming a chapter of the National Youth Rights Association means you have continuous access to the staff in our national office. Our staff can take you through all the steps of planning and managing a campaign. Our experience, knowledge, resources and connections are all at your disposal as a NYRA chapter.
  • You’ll get help with press coverage and promotion. NYRA has a long-standing track record of building and maintaining press coverage. We maintain a powerful media presence and our various campaigns have been widely covered in many news sources. Our national staff is able to advise you on this process and assist you in building a relationship with the media in your local area. We will also promote your activities and events through our newsletter and on social media so that nearby NYRA members can attend.
  • You’ll connect with other groups. Becoming a NYRA chapter also gives you the benefit of sharing resources with other student groups. No one has worked on more youth rights efforts than we have, and we are able to put you in touch with other students groups, NYRA members and activists leading similar campaigns.
  • You can register an already existing group. If you’ve already started a group that works on one of our issues, you can just register it and get all the same benefits without having to start a group from scratch.

Whether you are ready to start a chapter or just want to learn more, please fill out our form and an Outreach Coordinator will contact you shortly.

You can also download our Chapter Handbook if you want to get a head start.

Start or Register a NYRA Chapter

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