The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) is dedicated to defending the civil and human rights of young people in the United States. We believe certain basic rights are intrinsic parts of American citizenship and transcend age or status limits. As the world's leading democracy, the United States should not lag behind other nations in granting first-class citizenship to its young people. NYRA aims to achieve its goals through educating people about youth rights, empowering young people to work on their own behalf in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism.
NYRA is a national youth-led organization with nearly 10,000 members and chapters in a dozen states. We support lowering the voting age, lowering the drinking age, repealing government curfews, protecting student rights and fighting age discrimination.
NYRA has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Parade Magazine, on Fox News, CNN, Fox Channel, and in numerous other newspapers, magazines and numerous other radio and tv stations.
We are largely young (13-30) and engage in grassroots advocacy. Personality-wise we are (or wish to be) young, hip, dynamic, but yet professional and serious. We want people to take us seriously as a force for positive change, but don't want to be boring either.