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Brain Baloney

Does Drinking Alcohol Damage Young Brains? by David J. Hanson, Ph. D. Does drinking in adolescence harm brain development? Does consuming alcohol before age 21 cause permanent brain damage? Does underage drinking retard mental development? The evidence about teen drinking and potential brain damage comes ...

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Bullying, Another Perspective

I think adult bullies are a part of the problem that spawns youth bullies. Its the same situation that gets played out all the time. Power hierarchies turn into totem poles where everyone dominates the one below them. The boss yells at the working man, ...

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In an Artificial World, What Do You Expect?

I caught a rerun of a network drama show the other night. To prevent spoiling anything, I won't say which show or give too many details about it, but basically there was a bully at a high school who was shot and killed. It was ...

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Bored? Check this stuff out!

I can think of a wide array of tasks that NYRA members can do in their spare time. Whether you spend 30 minutes a week or well over 30 hours a week, your time would greatly benefit NYRA. Instead of watching a television show or ...

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Civil Rights Did Not Start With Martin Luther King

I totally agree with with Matt: Surely nobody wants to take anything away from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impressive achievements. Nevertheless, I always feel that the cult of King serves in an unfortunate way to obscure the fact that the Civil Rights movement wasn't something ...

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Mike Males Owns!

Here. Read this. It's an LA Times article. (And when/if that link goes bad, I've mirrored it here.) Should I bother saying that Mike Males kicks all kinds of ass, or is that a given?:cute: I'd so love to get a hold of one of ...

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Required Reading for Every Youth Rights Activist

As far as modern day youth rights gospels go, you can't get much better than Bob Franklin's introduction to the "Handbook of Children's Rights" I've seen no better succinct and cogent explanation of the assumptions that drive our work, the key logical arguments that support ...

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For no one but themselves

In the summer of 1863, the Union army began forming all-black regiments to fight in the Civil War. Many black leaders were ecstatic that their people could take a greater role in a war that was being fought in large part for their freedom. They ...

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New ‘Teenager Driving Study’ Released

The automotive club AAA released the results from a so-called teenage driving study today. New teenage drivers are more dangerous than previously thought: Nearly two of every three people killed in crashes involving 15- to 17-year-old drivers are people other than the driver, auto club ...

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The Indignities of Being Young

Ageism manifests itself in so many ways. Typically at NYRA we chose to focus on the big issues that are enshrined in law and stand as barriers to equal status and civic involvement for youth like the voting age or the drinking age. However it ...

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Lowering the drinking age could be cost effective

In the 1980s, states decided to raise their drinking age to 21. Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of safety, public pressure, or even their own emotions. The...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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Youth Rights Election Results

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...

BY NYRA
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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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Pokemon Go Raises Awareness for Youth Rights

[caption id="attachment_8122" align="alignnone" width="780"] Photo: Niantic/Nintendo[/caption] When you say discrimination, people know what you’re talking about. There’s racial discrimination, religious discrimination, sex discrimination, and many others....

BY Alyssa Devine
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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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Uh, About that Teenaged Brain …

In the 1970’s, feminist Gloria Steinem wrote a famous essay considering ways the world might be different if men menstruated and women did not. Among other...

BY Bill Bystricky
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Wacky email of the week – on the drinking age

At NYRA, we get emails. Many write to thank us for our work. Some write to share new ideas or to provide thoughtful feedback. And some...

BY Bill Bystricky
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Youth Rights Election Results

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...

BY NYRA
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Lowering the drinking age could be cost effective

In the 1980s, states decided to raise their drinking age to 21. Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of safety, public pressure, or even their own emotions. The...

BY Sebastian Barajas
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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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