National Youth Rights Association (NYRA)PO Box 5865
Takoma Park, MD 20913
|Contact person:||Koroknay-Palicz, Alex|
- Human rights
- Educational policy/project
- Social policy/disabled persons
The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) is registered in the State of Maryland as a non-profit corporation. NYRA is dedicated to defending the civil and human rights of young people in the United States. They 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,
- working with public officials to devise fitting policy solutions to problems affecting young people and empowering young people to work on their own behalf.
NYRA is just one organ of Youth Rights. NYRA's position papers can't and don't cover every issue out there, nor do they only cover the issues which are on NYRA's forefront. They choose to cover the issues which are sensitive, and where they feel NYRA should have a specific stance (or should not, as is in some cases). To gain a broader understanding of Youth Rights as separate from NYRA please check out the links section.
Alex Koroknay-Palicz is the Executive-Director of the organization. He is originally from Michigan, moved to the DC area after attending American University. Senior year in high school Alex successfully changed the policy of several age discriminatory stores in his hometown of Holland, MI. Since then Alex has become actively involved in all levels of the Youth Rights movement. In his capacity as NYRA President Alex has appeared on CNN several times and has spoken at numerous conferences about youth rights and NYRA. Alex was voted into office in 1999.
For other net participants we can offer expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, deliver a lecture, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the following field: youth rights, civic engagement, education reform, children's rights.