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Youth Pride

In a recent post, Stefan Muller pointed out that many young people do not support youth rights. Stefan contends that young people often hold ageist views in order to distinguish themselves – in order to seem more mature. Unfortunately, Mr. Muller is correct in his ...

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Goose Creek Lawsuit Close to Settlement

SSDP's Dare Generation Diary has alerted me to a new AP news story on the Goose Creek Raid at Stratford High School in South Carolina back in 2003. Apparently the students involved could receive around $9,000 each in a settlement with the police department and ...

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Getting youth to want youth rights

We talk all the time about recruiting, but we rarely discuss how to go about doing that. Here's something I've noticed that might make a difference: I've found just from talking to friends that 90% of people have never even thought about lowering the voting ...

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Chances to Network with Politicians

On Saturday, Dec. 10, I had the opportunity to attend an event held by my US Rep. Charles Taylor (R-Brevard, N.C.). As part of a Student Council activity with my school, I was invited to help at Taylor's annual dinner party. At the dinner party, ...

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I’m Confused

A good parent will lock up detergents, medicines, and other toxics, so their tiny, toddler children cannot reach them. If not, the child might eat said item and be fatally poisoned. Seems reasonable enough, but there's more. When the child grows older, she might be ...

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In Defence Of Youth

(cross posted from own blog, Change and Exchange) I had the opportunity to see this post on youth culture on the National Youth Rights Association's forums: Firstly, let me make clear that I am a 17 year old Greek Cypriot, I live in London and ...

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Remaining Still in the Centrifuge

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 ...

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Fighting Words

In 1842, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to the Springfield Washington Temperance Society. Lincoln shared the Society’s desire to quell alcoholism, but he was upset by the mean spirited way they went about pursuing their goals. Those who had gathered to hear him speak were ...

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Voting Age Debate

Today! Yes, you heard me right, today, there will be a voting age debate between NYRA Berkeley and JSA (Junior Statesmen of America). NYRA-Berkeley President Zach Hobesh (me!) and National VP Pamela Tatz will be debating for NYRA Berkeley. Lots and lots of media will ...

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UN Report Discusses Youth Rights

The Innocenti Research Centre at UNICEF recently put out a lengthy report that interprets the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and explores many issues pertaining to youth and children's rights. The report, titled "The Evolving Capacities of the Child," finds that age does ...

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18 Years Is Half My Life

Time speeds up A year represents less perceived time to someone in their 90s than it does to someone in their teens. You can see how...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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Youth rights lessons from “Lord of the Flies”

The “Lord of the Flies” argument The “Lord of the Flies” argument goes like this. Let’s say I want to lower the voting age, or give...

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

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...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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Ageism and a Bike Thief: When We Should and Shouldn’t Respect Our Elders

I recently got into an argument with a stranger who was trying to cut through my bike lock with a torch. This was in the middle...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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A Brief Overview of the Problems with Teen Brain Science

Until very recently, I thought neuroscience had put up barriers to youth rights that no argument could cross. If the teenage brain is physically incapable of...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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Making Common Cause Against Ageism

I was pleased to come across this article in the Washington Post today about the struggle against ageism. The article profiled Ashton Applewhite, an author and...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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The Incentive to Be Sick: Why many young people play along with diagnosis culture

  In his book, Teen 2.0, psychologist Robert Epstein gives an account of the medical profession’s complicity in the movement to marginalize young people: “In short,...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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R-Rated Superhero Movies?

Bob Chipman had a very interesting take over at ScreenRant on the rumored R-rated directors cut version of Superman V Batman to be included on the...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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18 Years Is Half My Life

Time speeds up A year represents less perceived time to someone in their 90s than it does to someone in their teens. You can see how...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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Youth rights lessons from “Lord of the Flies”

The “Lord of the Flies” argument The “Lord of the Flies” argument goes like this. Let’s say I want to lower the voting age, or give...

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

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...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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