Youth Rights

All human beings have the right to a life that will let them achieve their full potential. Young people are one of the least protected classes of human beings, yet they represent our future. We must ensure they have an upbringing that allows them to take their place as functioning, productive, and self-actualized members of their community.

  1. Youth are not the property of their parents or guardians, but are under their care and guidance.

  2. Youth have the right to survive by being provided adequate food, shelter and comprehensive health care, including prenatal care for mothers.

  3. Youth have the right to be protected from abuse, harmful drugs, violence, environmental hazards, neglect, and exploitation.

  4. Youth have the right to develop in a safe and nurturing early environment provided by affordable childcare and pre-school preparation.

  5. Youth have the right to an education that is stimulating, relevant, engaging, and that fosters their natural desire to learn.

  6. Young people's creative potential should be encouraged to the greatest extent possible.

  7. Young people should have input into the direction and pace of their own education, including input into the operation of their educational institutions.

  8. Young people should be provided with education regarding their own and others' sexuality at the earliest appropriate time.

  9. Young people should be provided the opportunity to express themselves in their own media, including television, radio, films and the Internet. Young people should also be given skills in analyzing commercial media.

  10. Young people should be kept free from coercive advertising at their educational institutions.