RESPECTS the intellectual and artistic freedom of young people
DEFENDS the rights of young people to think, create and explore.
Young people need the freedom to grow into thoughtful and informed adult citizens by learning, questioning and building their critical thinking skills. This freedom is often undermined by attempts to stifle young voices and shield young people from controversial, disturbing or “inappropriate” content. Putting young people in a protective bubble is not only impossible, it is counterproductive and dangerous. And young people have every right to participate in conversations–locally, nationally and globally–that affect their lives.
YFEP confronts the censorship young people encounter on a daily basis and promotes policies that EDUCATE, EMPOWER and AMPLIFY youth voices.
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School Visits + Collaborative Workshops
We work to ensure that young people understand their right to free speech, both in and out of school. We create interactive programming on student protest rights, how they differ in a school context and effective forms of dissent; the importance of book choice and freedom to read; student artistic expression and the freedom to create; student journalism; and online expression and internet harassment. We also work with groups of teachers, administrators and school leaders on policy guidance. Learn more about School Visits + Collaborative Workshops
Learn more about the First Amendment in Public Schools.
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NCAC’s Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP) confronts challenges to books in school and public libraries, advocates against book rating systems and opposes censorship in school curricula.
The Florida Education Defenders are a group of organizations working together to fight book censorship in Florida schools and empower local citizens members to combat school censorship in their communities.
| AMPLIFY |
Promoting Youth Expression
NCAC’s annual YFEP Film Contest invites teenagers to create a short film on a contemporary free speech debate of particular relevance to young people. The theme for 2018 is PROTEST.
Meet Ny’Shira Lundy and learn how she became a literary activist
Watch 2017 YFEP Film Contest Winner Piay Mayalorca’s film about social media censorship
Posters & Graphics (coming soon)
NCAC systematically opposes government efforts to restrict minors’ access to video games, and questions the claim that exposure to fantasy violence in video games, media, and books causes violent behavior. NCAC’s work on harassment and bullying emphasizes that speech rights cannot and need not be sacrificed to protect against discrimination. Positive educational and support programs to teach students to deal with sensitive and challenging issues are more likely to be successful than punitive approaches and do not exact the high price of restricting students’ fundamental rights.
If you would like to report an incident of censorship or request assistance, please contact us!
The Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) is supported by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.