Monday, February 1, 2016

National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) Summer & Fall 2016 Fellowship Program – 3 openings
Application deadline: February 29th, 2016

Founded in 1998, NYRA is a national non-profit dedicated to fighting for the civil rights and liberties of young people. Based in the Washington, DC area, the organization challenges age discrimination against young people, and seeks to change attitudes and policies toward youth. 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’s website is

The Fellowship program is designed to provide a structured opportunity for young people interested in advancing youth rights to gain experience in advocacy, to work together, and to learn from each other and the NYRA mentors.  NYRA will tailor which responsibilities are part of each Fellow’s portfolio based on the Fellow’s interest, experience and preferences. Each Fellows’ portfolio of responsibilities will include a mutually agreed upon sub-set of the following:  

Research and Writing 
  • Update statistics and arguments within NYRA’s policy advocacy resources such as our Drinking Age FAQ, Voting Age Talking Points and Curfew FAQ. 
  • Research and summarize laws related to the rights of youth (for example see here). 
  • Expand and update NYRA’s library of pro-youth-rights studies, research papers, and information.  
  • Write blog posts for NYRA’s blog and Facebook page 
  • Expand and update NYRA’s repository of news articles regarding youth rights.  
  • Write op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases for developing issues. 

  • Develop and execute a strategy to further expand NYRA’s local chapter network, and to provide ongoing help for local chapters to support their campaigns and growth. 
  • Conduct outreach and recruit new members both online and offline. 
  • Liaise with the media: including building and maintaining media lists of reporters; getting NYRA’s op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases into the media;  contacting reporters who cover youth rights stories and encouraging them to interview NYRA; and helping to develop and/or serving as a media spokesperson for NYRA.  
  • Build and maintain NYRA’s online community of youth rights advocates by stimulating conversations, doing online outreach to build awareness and ensure a friendly, welcoming environment. 
  • Start a local NYRA chapter.  
  • Increase the reach of NYRA’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as expand NYRA’s reach into other social media platforms.  

Qualifications: In keeping with NYRA’s philosophy, the Fellowship is open to all, irrespective of age. The Fellowship could be appropriate for current students and graduates of Middle School, High School, College, and/or Graduate Degree Programs. The following qualifications are required: Fellows must
  1. be able to produce and write a well-crafted argument
  2. be able to do internet-based research to assemble, summarize, and synthesize arguments, statistics, and policies related to youth rights
  3. understand and support NYRA’s philosophy and mission, and
  4. be authorized to work in the U.S..

In addition, candidates should possess some of the following preferred qualifications:
  • public speaking skills
  • ability to professionally and effectively communicate by email and phone
  • skill at internet-based promotion of ideas and issues
  • experience with multimedia content creation
  • some experience as a youth leader or organizer
  • previous experience advocating on behalf of youth rights in some way.     

Duration and Hours: This Fellowship is designed as a six-month Fellowship, starting around June 2016, and ending in December 2016. During the summer months, Fellows are expected to work 20-40 hours per week for 8-12 weeks. During the fall, Fellows are expected to work 8-16 hours per week.  

Location and supplies: The majority of Fellows’ work will be performed remotely, from a location of their choosing, as NYRA does not maintain a permanent office space. Supervision and collaboration will primarily be done over phone/skype/email. There are two exceptions to this.  A 3-day long team retreat / Fellow orientation will take place at the beginning of the summer, in the Washington, DC area.  And during the summer, workshops will take place every other Saturday at an office near Union Station metro station.   In-person attendance is required for the team retreat, and for the workshops, in-person attendance is preferred, but attendance by skype-video is also possible.  Fellows’ work will require use of a computer, a phone, and the internet, and Fellows must secure these on their own. 

Supervision: Fellows will be mentored by and work under the supervision of NYRA’s President, Alex Koroknay-Palicz. Fellows are also expected to learn from each other. Supervision will occur via weekly one-on-one check-ins, as-needed, and through workshops that focus on building a particular skill and/or provide the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and feedback. 

Remuneration: NYRA is an all-volunteer organization, and the Fellowship is unpaid. However, Fellows will be provided with a $750 stipend intended to defray any expenses the Fellow incurs as a part of participation in this Fellowship.

For additional information, or to apply, please visit

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