Police chiefs council: Youth curfews don’t curb crime

Posted by on June 13th, 2017

Wearing a backward baseball cap and a sparse goatee, Luis Mercado practiced dunking and dissing his friends on a crowded basketball court in Woodlawn Park Monday night. It was shortly after 8 p.m., a time to savor in June when sticky air dissipates in a comfortable breeze. A guy wearing a doo-rag performed wheelies on […]

The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Generation X

Posted by on February 17th, 2017

I recently found a secondhand book called, The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Generation X, by Bruce Tulgan. The publication date was 1997 — not surprising, as the cover looked like a screenshot from one of the Health videos I watched in middle school. Much of the book deals with misconceptions about Gen X, which at that […]

Speaking out against curfew laws in Fort Worth, TX

Posted by on January 27th, 2017

NYRA Chapter leader Bryce Hall spoke out against extending the juvenile curfew law in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas last Tuesday. He and other NYRA members attended the city’s Council meeting, where Bryce testified on the negative impact of curfew laws in his community. Unfortunately, the council decided to extend the curfew law […]

Teens Push to Lower the Voting Age

Posted by on January 17th, 2017

Should 16- and 17-year-olds be able to vote? That was a question San Francisco and Berkeley, California, residents considered as part of the 2016 general election. And on Nov. 8, Alex Koroknay-Palicz was watching. He’s president of the National Youth Rights Association, a national nonprofit that advocates for the civil rights of young people. Ultimately […]

Voters in 3rd Hampshire District support lowering drinking age for beer, wine

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

AMHERST — Voters in the Massachusetts House 3rd Hampshire District on Tuesday were supporting a non-binding ballot question favoring legislation that would lower the legal age for buying beer and wine to 19. With 12 of 13 precincts counted, according to the Associated Press, those in favor of lowering the drinking age led those opposed, […]

Youth Rights Election Results

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

While the shocking upset for president is at the forefront of media coverage right now, there were several youth rights issues on the ballot yesterday that should not be forgotten. NYRA is very pleased to announce victories on a ballot measure in Berkeley, California to lower the voting age and a non-binding ballot question to […]

Voters in Amherst, Granby, Pelham to consider allowing 19-year-olds to buy beer, wine

Posted by on November 4th, 2016

AMHERST — In the legislative district that will soon be represented by 22-year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose, voters Tuesday are being asked whether they support legislation that would allow 19-year-olds to buy beer and wine. It’s a nonbinding ballot question only in the 3rd Hampshire District and is the only public policy question on any ballot in […]

Support Prop F! Help Lower the Voting Age in San Francisco!

Posted by on November 3rd, 2016

We have a historic opportunity to lower the voting age in San Francisco, and we NEED YOUR HELP! No matter your age, no matter where you live, you can help make calls to San Francisco voters. And this is a critical moment. A recent poll put support for lowering the voting age at 48%. We […]

Some voters in Western Mass. will vote on whether to lower drinking age

Posted by on November 2nd, 2016

Should the drinking age be 19? Voters in part of Hampshire County won’t just decide whether to legalize marijuana when they cast their ballots Tuesday: They’ll also vote on the drinking age. Ballot Question No. 6 in Hampshire County’s Third District — Amherst, Pelham, and about half of Granby — asks voters whether their representative […]

Measure Y1 could implement lower voting age for certain elections in Berkeley

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may soon be allowed to vote in Berkeley, making the city one of just a few in the country to allow them to do so. Measure Y1, placed on the ballot by Berkeley City Council, would allow individuals 16 and older to vote for the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Directors […]

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.