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WHAT WE DO

The National Youth Rights Association is dedicated to defending the freedom, equality, and rights of all young people by challenging age discrimination and prejudice.

We accomplish this by focusing on:

Protecting Our Rights

The rights of young people are violated on a daily basis. We help people defend their rights by providing:

  • Information on the legal status of youth rights based on current laws at the federal, state, and local level and analysis of case law and legal precedent
  • An action plan for how to respond to youth rights violations
  • Strategies for reinforcing and expanding youth rights on a variety of issues

Educating Our Communities

Many people are unaware of the impact of age discrimination and prejudice on young people. We raise awareness by:

  • Analyzing the negative impact on anti-youth laws and policies
  • Drafting alternative solutions to anti-youth policies and advocating for their implementation
  • Giving young people a platform to speak out against age discrimination and prejudice
  • Challenging stereotypes of young people by through research, personal stories, and positive examples

Fighting Ageism

We believe that in order for young people to be treated fairly, we must stop ageism in as many areas as possible. To accomplish this we have:

  • Overturned discriminatory laws in several states
  • Lowered the voting age in several municipalities
  • Launched successful campaign to change school policies
  • Participated in civil litigation through the submitting of research and amici curiae in federal court cases
  • Successfully encouraged dozens of businesses to drop their age discriminatory practices.
  • Helped to draft legislation on various youth rights bills including testifying in front of state and local legislatures
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OUR BLOG

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Congress Votes on Lowering Voting Age to 16

On Tuesday, March 5, the House of Representatives voted on a bill introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to lower the federal voting age to 16....

BY Brian Conner
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NYRA meets with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng
– author of bill to lower the voting age!

Last November, I had the pleasure of meeting with Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and her Judicial Counsel in November in her Washington office. Meng introduced a...

BY Brian Conner
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NYRA-Fairfax Secures Voting Age Endorsements

Thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Fairfax County NYRA chapter, the Fairfax County Democratic Party and grassroots organizations Virginia Democracy Forward and Virginia Civic...

BY Brian Conner
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Bill introduced in U.S. House to lower the voting age to sixteen

Last week, U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced a resolution proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would lower the voting age to sixteen throughout...

BY NYRA
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Over 70 people testify in favor of lowering the voting age in Washington D.C.

On Wednesday, NYRA members attended a public hearing before the Washington, D.C. City Council to support the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018. If passed, this...

BY NYRA
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NYRA-Cumberland County, N.C. kicks off its campaign to lower the voting age

Last week, I met with N.C. State Senator Ben Clark, who I spoke with briefly about lowering the voting age in North Carolina to 16 years...

BY Mahsiah Imes
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NYRA meets with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng
– author of bill to lower the voting age!

Last November, I had the pleasure of meeting with Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and her Judicial Counsel in November in her Washington office. Meng introduced a...

BY Brian Conner
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Over 70 people testify in favor of lowering the voting age in Washington D.C.

On Wednesday, NYRA members attended a public hearing before the Washington, D.C. City Council to support the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018. If passed, this...

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

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...

BY NYRA
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NYRA-Cumberland County, N.C. kicks off its campaign to lower the voting age

Last week, I met with N.C. State Senator Ben Clark, who I spoke with briefly about lowering the voting age in North Carolina to 16 years...

BY Mahsiah Imes
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Drinking Age on the Ballot in Massachusetts

I am a long time NYRA member and thanks to my petitioning efforts, next month in Amherst Massachusetts voters will be able to vote on whether...

BY Matthew Malone
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Bill introduced in U.S. House to lower the voting age to sixteen

Last week, U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced a resolution proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would lower the voting age to sixteen throughout...

BY NYRA
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YR in action – opposing a curfew

A few weeks ago, I posted a thread on the NYRA forums about a curfew in a village near me for the nights of October 30...

BY Stefan Muller
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Calling B.S. on Ageism: What the Response to the Parkland Shooting Means for Youth Rights

Yet another reason we should lower the voting age The fallout from the Parkland shooting has brought the country’s attention to several facts that often go...

BY NYRA
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NYRA Vice President Wins Battle Against Long Island Curfew

NYRA's Vice-President, Stefan Muller has been leading a campaign against a Long Island, New York village's curfew ordinance. With the help of other concerned students and...

BY NYRA
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