Youth Rights on the March

Its difficult to build a movement, and even harder when you are young. Last month after 7 years of aspiring to build a nonprofit and struggling once my board of directors received 501c3 status from the IRS, I folded CommonAction. I earned a few grants, got a few contracts, but there simply was not enough support to warrant the full-time operation of The Freechild Project and SoundOut.

So its with a great sense of awe and pride that I share the story of my friend and hero, Alex Koroknay-Palicz. Yesterday the Washington Post featured Alex in a spread called “Age Is Just a Number: Youth Rights Advocate Tries to Break Down Barriers to Adulthood”. Its a nice piece that centers on Alex’s activism, and should help bring awareness to the National Youth Rights Association, and the youth rights movement as a whole. Congrats Alex!

Here’s where you can read the article. You can also talk about it on NYRA’s forum, read the history of NYRA on Freechild, and learn about the youth rights movement in the U.S. from an article I wrote on Wikipedia. Oh, and for the fun of it, here’s Alex’s blog – he’s all over the place in a great way – and an interview my SoundOut advisor Adam King did with Alex in 2005.

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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