Most active and powerful defender of civil liberties in the nation. The ACLU defends youth rights in school, at home, and in the community with dozens of lawsuits over the years.
ACLU-WI's Youth and Civil Liberites Council
The Wisconsin ACLU has made youth rights a priority. Addressing ageism and its affects on the civil rights and liberties of youth, this group has been an effective, vocal voice for youth rights in Wisconsin.
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
Alcohol: Problem's & Solutions
This page, run by NYRA Advisor, Dr. David Hanson, is a vocal proponent of lowering the drinking age and has much research and arguments to back that position up.
All-Ages Movement Project
The All-ages Movement Project is building a network of community-based organizations that connect young people through underground independent music and art.
Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions is a membership organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of youth in America.
At the Table
At the Table, an initiative of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, works to build a national movement for youth participation in governance and decisionmaking. The website is an online clearinghouse that brings together youth involvement advocates and practitioners by providing opportunities to share information and collaborate. Resources on the site include: a calendar of events and news from the youth participation field; online discussion boards; user-posted handouts and links; and an online workroom for youth voice advocates hosted as part of the Forum for Youth Investment¹s Youth Today, Youth Tomorrow site.
Beyond Zero Tolerance
Beyond Zero Tolerance offers an approach to high school drug education and student assistance that helps teenagers by bolstering the student community and educational environment. Beyond Zero Tolerance incorporates what is good in current programs, but goes beyond them in stressing the importance of education that is credible to students, coupled with assistance for those who need it.
The Case Against Adolescence
Page summarizing Dr. Robert Epstein's research and writing on teens. Epstein, a Harvard-trained researcher and professor and the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine, makes a strong case for ending adolescence in a recent book and several articles.
While every adult group has fought for and won basic human rights protections and freedoms (USA), children remain the only group of human beings without the same rights to equality, respect, protection from bodily harm and freedom of speech. The purpose of this web site is to educate the public about the overlooked ways in which children's human rights are not protected; how these abuses have contributed to dysfunction in society; and how we can become true advocates for kids.
We believe the time has come to change the culture of young adult drinking in America today. That change begins with an informed, dispassionate analysis of the effects of the 21 year-old drinking age. We also believe that the American public is ready for this discussion and debate. Please check back for updates to this website.
End Zero Tolerance
The mission of endzerotolerance.com is to be a comprehensive and up-to-date national resource for those interested in learning more about the negative impact of Zero Tolerance upon students, families and society.
Epstein-Dumas Test of Adultness
A test of adult competence that can be taken free of charge online. Data obtained from tens of thousands of teens and adults who have taken this test suggest that many teens are as competent or more competent than adults across a wide range of abilities.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation's campuses.
A youth-founded nonprofit, the Freechild Project aims to become a training ground, think tank, resource agency, and advocacy group for young people seeking to play a larger role in their schools and communities. The website hosts an excellent directory of online resources‹including organizations, individuals, research, and publications‹in focus areas such as student-led education reform, youth rights, community involvement, juvenile justice, and youth media. Its library offers downloadable bibliographies, plus tips on fundraising, team building, and meaningfully involving students in school decisionmaking. The site also has launched a letter-writing campaign to encourage young people and their adult allies to fight anti-youth sentiment.
This website contains original essays about Adultism and Youth Liberation. Youth activists and adult allies are the intended audiences. My hope is to inspire readers to start new direct action groups based on the Youth Liberation model -- and to help existing groups thrive.
Groups Against Teen Behavior Modification Camps
Note: While NYRA does not profess any expertise in the mental health field, we strongly believe young people should not be incarcerated in any facility regardless of intent or purpose without their consent or due process of law. It is for this reason NYRA does not refer individuals to residential treatment centers of any sort and we urge caution when dealing with individuals and organizations who do.
Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse
CAICA seeks to expose the abuse and distress of children placed in private and state-funded programs including but not limited to residential facilities, behavior modification programs, boot camps, wilderness programs, and boarding schools. CAICA believes that no child should be abducted, incarcerated, abused, neglected, or stripped of their basic human rights for the sake of profit.
Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth
Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY) is a volunteer, youth-run effort working in support of the protection for human rights of youth in punitive behavior modification boot camps, wilderness programs, private alternative adolescent programs, therapeutic' boarding schools and residential treatment centers, with a focus at this time primarily on unregulated facilities.
These are open and, for the most part, unmoderated forums, primarily dealing with the Troubed Teen industry, with a couple of lifestyle/general interest topics into the mix.
International Survivors Action Committee (ISAC)
One of the top organizations committed to exposing the abuse, civil rights violations and fraud at behavior modifcation centers for teenagers, sometimes refered to as "Gulag Schools". ISAC is an important watchdog group of survivors of these programs and parents of survivors.
Mountain Park Survivors
Our mission is to educate parents, young people, teachers, pastors, doctors, psychologists, attorneys, and any other person wishing to make a decision about sending a young person to a behavior modification school. We are sharing our experiences of the treatment in such schools for the benefit of those to come. Our goal is to save others the pain that we still feel from our time in these schools. I hope that our stories can touch people and help to make a difference in the laws and legislation that currently allow these schools to operate without licensure or regulation.
Teen Advocates USA
Teen Advocates USA is a not-for-profit children's rights educational and public advocacy website dedicated to improving the status and well-being of America's youth through judicial, legislative and social policy reforms.
This page exposes, discusses and fights against Gulag Schools.
Home School Legal Defense Association
The Home School Legal Defense Association is a non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.
John Taylor Gatto's homepage
The homepage for John Taylor Gatto, New York teacher of the year turned schooling opponent. This page shows the Underground History of American Education and provides information about compulsory schooling and other problems with school.
We are a group of about 20 young people (15 to 23 years old) who stand up for equal rights for children in Germany. Our main subjects are the right to vote, school and family. But we are also engaging in other subjects that deal with age discrimination, such as child labour and kids and youth protection.
Site promoting the liberties of teenagers, from curfews to school searches, to driving age and Gulag schools.
Mike Males' homepage
Through his concise, practical, and academic methods, Males is keeping it real for the image of young people throughout the US. His hard-hitting, fact-filled books and articles are breaking down ageist, anti-youth media stereotypes, and inspiring hundreds of young people everyday to fight the systematic and societal prejudice that prevents them from participating throughout society. His outstanding books are the foundation of many youth rights organizations; his articles regularly rock the unfounded notions of individuals and groups working for 'youth development'.
Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY) is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase their civic engagement and political participation.
A youth rights 'zine since 1995 as well as webhost for other youth rights organizations and center for youth rights media.
One and Four
One and Four is the weblog of NYRA's Executive Director, Alex Koroknay-Palicz. This site is a good source for insightful youth rights commentary and personal accounts of ongoing youth rights campaigns.
Advocates open Internet access for all young people. Includes software that negates popular at-home blocking software.
Project No Spank
A resource for students, parents, educators, childcare providers, healthcare professionals and education policymakers opposed to corporal punishment.
A collection of youth rights papers, essays and film reviews.
School Survival was started as an attempt to link together the many different people from all over the world who are either trying to do something to change schools for the better, or help people to start unschooling/homeschooling.
www.SoundOut.org is a national online resource center designed to promote meaningful student involvement in school change. We provide resources to promote inclusive, constructive, and diverse dialogues about education, and offer support for meaningful student involvement throughout education.
Student Press Law Center
A legal assistance organization devoted to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment. The organization supports student journalists in censorship cases, provides free legal advice, and low-cost educational materials. Look for free legal help, law of the student press, and news flashes.
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society.
Taking Children Seriously
TCS is an educational philosophy. Its most distinctive feature is the idea that it is possible and desirable to bring up children entirely without doing things to them against their will, or making them do things against their will, and that they are entitled to the same rights, respect and control over their lives as adults.
Votes At 16
A coalition of organisations campaigning to lower the voting age for all public elections in the United Kingdom.
What Kids Can Do
What Kids Can Do is a national nonprofit organization founded in the winter of 2001. We document the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose for an audience of educators and policy makers, journalists, community members, and students.
WireTap is the independent information source by and for socially conscious youth. We showcase investigative news articles, personal essays and opinions, artwork and activism resources that challenge stereotypes, inspire creativity, foster dialogue and give young people a voice in the media. The WireTap Web portal provides a new generation of writers, artists and activists a space to network, organize and mobilize.
Youth Activism Project
Youth Activism looks to provide youth with advice so they can transform their ideas into practical proposals and develop strategies for gaining the attention, convinces community andgovernment leaders that young people must no longer be shut out of the decision-making process and urges organizations and institutions to take seriously the ideas and solutions offered by the next generation, promotes youth infusion on advisory councils, citizen task forces, adult coalitions, school boards, etc. and assists public and non-profit agencies on working as partners with young people from diverse backgrounds.
YouthFacts seeks to debunk the barrage of modern mistruths about youth, restore a climate of fairness and integrity when discussing youth issues, advance verifiable and evidence-based information to better inform youth policy, enhance the integration of youth into democratic and multi-cultural citizenship, and build a culture that values and trusts its young people.
Youth Free Expression Network
The Youth Free Expression Network is a national coalition of teens and adults committed to defending the free expression rights of youth. Faced with Internet filters, "abstinence-only" sex education, and other restrictions on young people's access to ideas, YFEN's goal is to empower youth to advocate on their own behalf. In the process, YFEN aims to educate the public that censorial measures enacted in the presumed interest of "protecting" youth not only prevent minors from learning, thinking, and exploring; they deprive them of critical information on subjects ranging from human rights and feminism to drugs and safer sex.
Youth On Board
Youth on Board is a nonprofit working to build more successful relationships between youth and adults. The group prepares young people to become leaders and decision makers in all areas of their lives and works to ensure that policies, practices, and laws reflect young people¹s role as full and valued members of their communities. The website offers listings and descriptions of available trainings, guides, and other resources and posts an excellent directory (complete with descriptions, contact information and links) of other youth activist organizations.
Youth Rights Network
The Youth Rights Network is a comprehensive, community edited youth rights resource. This NYRA run project features a youth rights law library, how-to guides for activists and youth seeking their freedom now, and a variety of articles about the youth rights movement and history. Using the powerful wiki technology, YRN is an open resource for all to use, edit, add-to and learn from.
Youth Policy Action Center
The Youth Policy Action Center is a central hub to issue action alerts and post resources for youth and youth advocates. Our goal is to aid the youth movement by supporting organizations and individuals to promote youth involvement and empowerment.
YSA's Youth Voice Initiative
Youth Service America's Youth Voice Initiative is a national campaign to increase the quantity and quality of opportunities for young people to serve as decision-makers in organizations and communities. We mobilize and motivate youth volunteers to further their goals and impact by connecting their involvement in community service with the public-policy making process and other forms of civic engagement.
A nonprofit group based in Arlington, Virginia, Youth Venture is working to build a mass movement of young people with the vision and energy to make positive change to benefit their communities. Youth Venture also builds partnerships with other local, regional, and national youth-serving organizations to help them support young people in creating and launching their own enterprises. NYRA chapters and youth-led initiatives can receive funding from Youth Venture to get started.