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 […]

The First “Underage” US Presidential Candidate Does Well in Green Party Primaries

Posted by on August 6th, 2016

History was made yesterday when 17-year-old Elijah D. Manley gave a speech at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention on Saturday, August 6, 2016, in Houston, Texas. Elijah is the first “underaged” presidential nominee to make it to a state ballot – two states, in his case – of one of the two largest third […]

NYRA Kicks Off Summer 2016 With Fellowship Orientation

Posted by on June 15th, 2016

This past weekend NYRA held a 3-day orientation for this year’s NYRA fellows. The orientation, held in Washington, DC, covered a wide range of topics including NYRA issues and strategies for going forward. The lecture sessions were integrated with great discussions about youth rights — their individual importance as well as their impact on each […]

NYRA Mourns Loss of Corporal Punishment Opponent

Posted by on April 25th, 2016

Jordan Riak, founder of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) and long-time ally of NYRA in the campaign against corporal punishment died this week. Jordan Riak has devoted his life to stopping corporal punishment since 1974. He was a major force opposing the brutal practice both in the United States and in Australia, […]

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 […]

Tea Party Youth Blast Debt, “Taxation Without Representation”

Posted by on January 24th, 2014

A group of liberty-minded young Americans known as Tea Party Youth unveiled a new campaign that, among other goals, is working to stop the federal government from foisting more and more debt onto the backs of future generations. Leaders from the organization even called for a constitutional amendment to stop the schemes, blasting the imposition […]

National Youth Rights Association Announces Winners of 2011 Annual Awards

Posted by on August 19th, 2011

WASHINGTON – The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) announced the recipients of its second annual awards, which were formally presented on July 30 at the 2011 NYRA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Youth rights is the concept that young people are entitled to the rights and civil liberties enjoyed by all American citizens.  Three separate […]

This is not a poetry circle. This is a movement.

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

The following speech was given by Alex Koroknay-Palicz on July 28, 2007 to open the 2007 NYRA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Who here has heard of John Holt? Or Mike Males? Or Robert Epstein? Or Grace Llewllyn? Or Richard Farson? These are the luminaries of our field. The great thinkers and prophets who have […]

A Revolution By A New Generation

Posted by on April 22nd, 2011

Our Generation Should Revolt We’ve failed to examine or challenge America’s most pervasive and destructive prejudice: adultism – the oppression of children. Like white supremacists and male chauvinists, adultist bigots discriminate against a group of people because they see us as stupid, dirty, violent, drug-abusing, suicidal, promiscuous, and inferior. However, as definitive psychological studies prove, […]

A Youth Liberation Movement Is Taking Shape

Posted by on April 22nd, 2011

Imagine building a global “liberation” movement that transforms the typical life experiences of young people throughout the world from one of passivity to one of confidence and capability. Now imagine what a difference such a movement would make to the strength and creativity of the young people engaged. Envision the impact on society. If most […]

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.