New youth rights movement launched
A new initiative, Make Our Rights Reality (MORR), coordinated by Youth Access, was launched in January. MORR is a national project, aiming to teach young people (aged 15 to 25) about their rights and to give them a voice to challenge injustice.
Youth Access states that young people are facing housing, money and mental health problems and often encounter public services that are not responsive to their needs and fail to uphold their rights. Youth Access points out that no previous generation has experienced a greater need for the skills to navigate ‘the system’ as part of negotiating a successful path to adulthood. However, few young people are aware of their rights, how to assert them or where to go for advice.
- Educate young people about their rights and how to tackle their everyday problems;
- Support young people to work collectively in their communities to address social injustice;
- Establish a national campaign network of young people speaking up for their rights.
James Kenrick, Head of Policy and Development at Youth Access, said:
“We know from research that young people possess the lowest levels of ‘legal capability’ of any age group. As well as giving young people the tools to exercise their rights and responsibilities at critical points in their life, we want to support the youth and legal sectors to focus on rights as a tool for empowering young people – and on youth voice as a powerful tool for social change.”
See further information on MORR’s web page.