The Fight for Youth Suffrage

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

This is a transcript of a speech I gave to the Broward County Commission in support of lowering the voting age. The Commission is now supporting a resolution to lower the voting age to sixteen. Watch video here. The Fight for Youth Suffrage By Elijah Manley Dear Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Good Morning, My name […]

Some thoughts on Youth Rights.

Posted by on January 27th, 2016

In the 80s at the age of 14 (I’m 43 now), I stumbled across Unschooling and Summerhill in the public library. Life-changing for me. It sent me on a quest because until then, I was unaware of having any rights at all. I looked up what rights I had under the laws of the state […]

Alex Koroknay-Palicz’s Op-Ed Appears in the HuffingtonPost

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010

When the new International Civil Rights Center and Museum recently opened their doors in Greensboro, NC they didn’t open them to everybody. NYRA’s executive director quickly realized what museum curators and planners could not — it’s wrong for a museum whose mission is to highlight the horrors of segregation to promote segregation. The museum believes […]

Time For Our Generation to Take the Lead

Posted by on January 29th, 2007

For centuries, our generation has worked and died so that America could move forward. Members of our generation rarely have received credit for our work. Teens have fought and died in the American Revolution, in the Civil War, in the World Wars, in Vietnam and in Iraq. American teens, throughout history have fought for civil […]

A Critique of the Youth Service Movement

Posted by on February 14th, 2006

Over on the Freechild Blog, Adam writes about this awesome Gandhi quote, then quickly goes off on a tangent about Laura Bush: For instance, Mr. Bush’s wife Laura has spent the last two years being concerned about America’s youth. From the beginning, her initiative focused on the problems young people face. In a rather traditional […]

On Freedom’s Practicality

Posted by on February 9th, 2006

A few days ago, I found myself in a situation familiar to most youth rights activists. NYRA came up in the course of conversation, and one of my classmates asked me when I felt people should be granted the right to vote. I responded by stating that everyone who is governed by laws should have […]

Civil Rights Did Not Start With Martin Luther King

Posted by on January 26th, 2006

I totally agree with with Matt: Surely nobody wants to take anything away from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impressive achievements. Nevertheless, I always feel that the cult of King serves in an unfortunate way to obscure the fact that the Civil Rights movement wasn’t something one dude dreamed up in mid-1950s Alabama and achieved over […]

For no one but themselves

Posted by on January 20th, 2006

In the summer of 1863, the Union army began forming all-black regiments to fight in the Civil War. Many black leaders were ecstatic that their people could take a greater role in a war that was being fought in large part for their freedom. They also felt that if they proved themselves worthy in battle, […]

Remaining Still in the Centrifuge

Posted by on December 15th, 2005

Sometimes it’s difficult to remain optimistic about the future of youth rights, especially when lawmakers continue to pass laws to ‘protect the children’ and seem to set our goals back every day. I admit, I have problems staying optimistic about youth rights when I see new curfews being announced, or when parents’ groups try to […]

New Photo Gallery, Historical NYRA Timeline Added

Posted by on July 18th, 2005

One of NYRA’s greatest assets is its extensive web site. NYRA recently added a new photo gallery to, and a time line of important events in NYRA history to the Youth Rights Network. The gallery, set up by Jason Kende and Alex Koroknay-Palicz, is far easier to organize and update than the old one. […]

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.