Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, And Drags When You’re Young

Posted by on August 10th, 2017

When I talk to people about lowering the voting age to 16 or lowering the drinking age to 18 they often say “Why the rush? Two or three years isn’t so long to wait.” Or they will respond, dismissively with, “You young people are always in such a hurry, just be patient, you’ll be an […]

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 […]

How Teens Are Lobbying Voters On Issues That Matter To Them

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Imagine if there were an issue on the ballot that only affected you, but you were barred from voting on it. Like, for a ridiculous example, if there was a vote in your American history class to ban students from taking snaps of the 19th-century presidents in your textbook and putting a smiling poop emoji […]

Star Wars Might Not Hate Young People, But Viewers Do

Posted by on January 7th, 2016

*A few spoilers below, but not too bad In The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams brings a volatile new villain to the screen: Kylo Ren, the latest apprentice of the Dark Side, plagued by fits of rage and the same family hang-ups faced by many characters in the Star Wars franchise. But unlike most other Star […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 8: Not-So-Great Expectations

Posted by on March 27th, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. Every teen I know is an idiot. I don’t see them possibly able to handle rights and responsibilities! Assuming the relatively very few teens you know in your life are […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 2: Different but Equal

Posted by on February 9th, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. Does youth rights mean thinking children and adults are the same? No. Obviously there are physical, developmental, and other differences between children and adults. There are also plenty of such […]

Child development: an ageist guide to condescension the professional way

Posted by on September 14th, 2011

When I noticed my parents reading a packet on child development distributed by a school that I otherwise respect, I immediately confiscated it, knowing the likely contents. After reading through it, I wrote this rebuttal. The letter explains the rest. Hello, As part of their back to school process, the school I attend distributed your […]

Ageism Against Youth and Seniors: Parallels Between Age-Based Oppressions

Posted by on August 25th, 2011

Perhaps due to our animosity towards older adults who have oppressed us and perhaps due to our desire to forge our movement’s identity in a context in which senior citizens already have a powerful movement to protect their rights, youth rights activists have often refrained from discussing the parallels between ageist oppression against youth and […]

Hastings SonicScreen Silenced

Posted by on August 12th, 2011

The brief but controversial life of the proposed SonicScreen in Hastings, MN has ended. The SonicScreen is how the Mosquito device that NYRA defeated last fall in Washington, DC is currently being marketed to real estate developers, park commissions, shop owners, school boards and other decision makers around the country. The Park Commission of Hastings, […]

My Testimony Against the Montgomery County Curfew Law

Posted by on July 26th, 2011

Before the Montgomery County Council Testimony of Alex Koroknay-Palicz On behalf of the National Youth Rights Association on Youth Curfew July 26, 2011 Over the last two weeks I have been asked the same question many times: “What good reason is there for teens to be out after 11?” There are a number of good […]

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.