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Do Your Research!

This is a message to desperate parents out there. Parents of young folks who've made some bad choices here and there. Parents with loved ones they fear are taking dangerous roads in life. Parents of the psychologically troubled who just don't want to have to ...

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Protectionism: Worse than we thought?

“Why are you in such a hurry to grow up?” It or some variation of it is the end of many debates on Youth Rights. It’s a simple way for an ageist to wriggle out of the tight spot in which they have been placed ...

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Ingrained Ageism(Part 1 of 3 in the “I” 4 Ageism Series”

America was founded on change. It was founded on tweaking the system until it was perfect. It threw off Monarchy for Republic; it got rid of the Articles of Confederation for the Constitution. It Amended and still amends that Constitution. We as a society have ...

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Student Rights Handbook

As NYRA continues to grow, we feel that it is necessary to publish more documents and guides for youth, particularly students. A recent project that Stefan Muller and I have taken on is developing a "Student Rights Handbook" where we list all of the rights ...

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Former NYRA Board Member has a Story to Tell

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dustin Manuel, one of NYRA's former board directors from the 2000-2001 term. Manuel recently had a story he written many years ago about youth rights published in a collection of stories he wrote. Manuel wrote the story during ...

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NYRA-OC Fights Cali. Voting Age

NYRA-Orange County is engaged in a campaign to get both political parties to support a lower voting age. They are starting with the California Democratic Party (CDP), where they have several contacts. As of April 6, the chapter was planning to attend the CDP's convention ...

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NYRA Member Makes Progress with Student Representation

Since February, 2006, Adam King, one of the leaders in NYRA's chapter formation, has worked extensively to convince the Buncombe County Board of Education to add a student advisor to the board. This position would initially be non-voting, and the student would not be allowed ...

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NYRAthon Underway, More Donations Needed

Last year's NYRAthon was an overwhelming success. Chapters and individuals engaged in friendly competition to see who could raise the most money, which resulted in a relatively significant influx of money. This money was what allowed NYRA to hire its Executive Director to work full ...

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Student Representative Update

As reported in my last blog entry, I have been actively working to create a position on my local school board for students. I was expecting to speak at the March board meeting, but I was informed a few days before the meeting that it ...

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NYRA Releases New Study: Teen Drivers Safer Than Previously Thought

NYRA just released a fascinating new study that Mike Males put together that makes a very convincing case that a large part of the reason for high traffic deaths among teens is not simply due to their age, but because of their poverty level. This ...

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Pledge to Parent With Love & Respect, Not Like a Stalker

Social media is home to lots of horrendous things.  Unfortunately the ageist forces of anti-youth hate often find supportive audiences online.  Public shaming videos where parents...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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Protecting Adults from Stalkers

Senator Al Franken has introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act (S. 1223), which would ban spyware that sneaks onto your cell phone and tells someone else...

BY Bill Bystricky
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Mother’s Day – Youth Rights Edition

As you'll find out everywhere, today is Mother's Day. Over the years, I've made it no secret that I personally dislike Mother's Day and Father's Day,...

BY Katrina Moncure
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Abusive Parents Going Viral

So, by now, we've all heard about that horrible man who made a video shooting his daughter's laptop because... he was upset over something she said...

BY Katrina Moncure
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How Was School Today? Fine.

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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The Camera Isn’t Mine

Last Christmas, I got my mother a digital camera. She was so excited! A few days earlier, I'd gone to Best Buy, picked one out, paid...

BY Katrina Moncure
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On behalf of 1,020 redditors, don’t hunt down runaway teens.

The subscribers of r/troubledteens (727 redditors) and r/youthrights (293 redditors) could scarcely be more horrified at a post (we may have a runaway teen in our...

BY Hal Levy
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Tracy Morgan, the Concept of Parental Ownership of Children, and the Intersection of Youth and LGBT Rights – Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

Recently, comedian Tracy Morgan has been receiving a lot of attention for a homophobic rant that took place during a live performance in Nashville, Tennessee. During...

BY Kathleen O'Neal
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Delay of Self

We talk a lot about how a great deal of anti-youth sentiment comes from the idea that those under 18 aren't so much people as they...

BY Katrina Moncure
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