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Youth Rights Day is a grassroots action much like Earth Day, a time to act with unity to bring attention to one of the most pressing problems of our times, disrespect for the rights of others. The “Nothing about us without us!” slogan applies to us all and by implementing it fully with young people, we lay the foundation for the human rights of all people to be respected.

The 2021 beginning of the Youth Rights Day is marked by this letter signed by youth activists. A good start was made to the day becoming a worldwide action to entrench youth rights. The Pledge is being used this year with the goal of engaging significantly greater numbers of youth rights advocates in conveying to the world that collectively we are more than a bunch of squeaky wheels and fringe groups. We are the future.

Education is everything, but the right to an education is not enough. It has to be the right to a rights-respecting education. This is the most urgent message to convey with the Youth Rights Day. To change a culture, we have to change how young people get their education. (See Schooling the World.)

Make The Pledge

By signing The Pledge, you commit to reaching out to those who may not know we exist. Often we hear people say, “I wish I had known about you sooner.” Let’s create the conditions that more such people can find us. Let’s make ourselves too visible to be ignored by those who find our message inconvenient.

Ideas for Youth Rights Day Activities

Use the day as an opportunity to present your own views and to promote the work of youth-rights-respecting organizations that you appreciate. Your action can be minor or major depending on your situation and what you want to accomplish.
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The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention makes it a right for young people to have a say in matters that affect them, but rarely do we see it respected. This is particularly true in typical grade schools, but change is finally in the air.
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The Look of Behaving Equally with Youth

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” This statement made by Queensland Aboriginal Activists in 1970 describes a rung 9 for Hart’s Ladder of Participation.
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Mental health = Social justice + Self-determination

Imagine if we all encourage others to recognize Youth Rights Day.

What an impact we could have! 

Grassroots actions create change. Join this call to unite. Encourage neighbours and friends and all you know to pursue a full understanding of the benefits to respecting youth rights and the work being done by thousands to move us in that direction.

Imagine this question reverberating through communities around the world.

“Have you heard of the Youth Rights Day?”

It is a simple conversation starter with the potential to be a game changer. It is an invitation for people to help with the task of collectively adopting a mindset suitable for the challenges we face.

Youth are saying, “We are the generation we have been waiting for.” Community by community, with enough small actions, we can all, young and old, become the generation we have been waiting for.

Join the Youth Rights Day social media and encourage others to do the same.