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 […]

Student surveys seen as unlikely evaluations element, for now

Posted by on November 29th, 2012

Inspired by a 2010 study that found that students’ feedback about their teachers helped predict how well the teachers’ students performed on state tests, New York City asked some schools last year to test out a student survey that could become part of new teacher evaluations. But if the city and its teachers union agree […]

Students Protest Doubling of Loan Interest Rates and Ask Congress for Relief

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

College students presented 130,000 letters to the Congressional leadership at the Capitol on Tuesday to protest the scheduled doubling of the interest rate on certain federally backed student loans this summer. The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, increasing the average debt […]

Under wraps: Wasilla High School sculpture covered after concerns voiced

Posted by on February 17th, 2012

WASILLA — Jim Dault and Shala Dobson are proud to display their artwork at Wasilla High School. After all, the Meadow Lakes artists are Valley residents and have a familial connection with the school. That’s why Jan. 29 was an exciting day, Dault said. That’s the day they installed their sculpture “Warrior Within” in front […]

Students Change the Menu in St. Louis

Posted by on November 22nd, 2011

The Hazelwood School District near St. Louis, Missouri is known to youth rights activists as the district that stomped on a school paper’s First Amendment rights and led to the Supreme Court’s notorious Hazelwood ruling. But more recently, this district was the site of a youth rights victory. NYRA-St. Louis, headquartered in Hazelwood West Middle […]

Veg Options in MO Schools

Posted by on November 17th, 2011

Due to an increase in student demand, Missouri’s Hazelwood school district has agreed to start offering vegetarian options beginning in December. Students from the Hazelwood West Middle School complained to their school’s chapter of the National Youth Rights Association that they had few, if any, veg-friendly foods to choose from at the cafeteria. Chapter president […]

Effort Renewed to Put Youth on NYC Community Boards

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011

NYRA has written a Memorandum of Support for a bill introduced in the New York Assembly & Senate that would allow New York City to appoint 16 and 17-year-olds to local community boards. These community boards have an important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery, […]

NYRA Support for Youth on Community Boards in NYC

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

This letter was sent on June 2 to the office of Brian Kavanagh expressing our support for this important bill that would include 16 and 17-year-olds on community boards in New York City. MEMORANDUM OF SUPPORT OF A5959/S3995 Sponsor: Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh/State Senator Andrew Lanza Provisions: Provides that members of Community Boards in NYC need […]

When Youth Leaders Sell Out

Posted by on January 24th, 2011

You’ve seen “convenient youth voice” happen, or maybe you’ve done it yourself: A young person gets a position with an adult-led group, and suddenly they start dressing and talking like an adult. Adults often reward this behavior with recognition and encouragement, even foisting these “youth leaders” into more representative positions. In a way, adults are rewarding compliance: By acting like us, we are not threatened by them, and this must be acknowledged.

DC Chapter Speaks Out at City Council Hearing

Posted by on July 22nd, 2010

On July 10, members from NYRA-DC attended a youth hearing held by the DC City Council and brought important youth rights issues to the attention of the council and the city. NYRA-DC President Larry Pretlow II spoke to the council about reforming the Youth Advisory Council so that it would provide an effective, meaningful voice […]

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.