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The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

We also offer a robust youth engagement program, including internships, students’ rights conferences and more.

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21 04, 2017

Day 92: Learn about the problems with school policing

2017-04-21T10:53:26+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Learn about the problems with school policing Police officers assigned to patrol schools often use physical force on students, arrest and handcuff them, and bring the weight of the [...]

12 04, 2017

Day 83: Protect free speech on Tennessee’s college campuses

2017-04-24T09:57:34+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Protect free speech on Tennessee’s college campuses From controversial speaking engagements being cancelled, to student athletes facing backlash for taking a knee during the national anthem, to protests and [...]

11 04, 2017

Day 82: Know your rights before going to prom or graduation

2017-04-11T15:15:17+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Know your rights before going to prom or graduation Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for prom and graduation. Make sure you and the high schooler [...]

5 04, 2017

Day 76: Tell NCAA they’re wrong about North Carolina’s so-called “repeal” of HB2

2017-04-05T12:30:44+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Tell NCAA they're wrong about North Carolina’s so-called "repeal” of HB2 The NCAA just announced that North Carolina’s so-called #HB2 "repeal" bill is sufficient to justify bringing championship games [...]

4 04, 2017

Day 75: Share the ACLU-TN Students’ Rights Handbook with a public school student

2017-04-05T14:23:05+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Share the ACLU-TN Students' Rights Handbook with a public school student From dress codes to drug tests, Tennessee high school students need to #KnowYourRights too! Make sure the high [...]

26 03, 2017

Day 66: Stop life without parole for juvenile offenders

2017-03-28T06:53:23+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Stop life without parole for juvenile offenders This week, lawmakers will take up a bill that would eliminate life without parole for minors and give children caught up in [...]

25 03, 2017

Day 65: Watch “Celebrating Freedom, Fighting for Justice” about ACLU-TN’s history

2017-03-28T06:53:23+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Watch "Celebrating Freedom, Fighting for Justice" about ACLU-TN's history From the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial to representing Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to [...]

21 03, 2017

Day 61: Make the dream of college a reality for Tennessee high school graduates

2017-03-28T06:53:23+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Make the dream of college a reality for Tennessee high school graduates For thousands of TN students, the dream of going to college and choosing a career isn't accessible [...]

14 03, 2017

Make the Dream of College a Reality for Tennessee High School Graduates

2017-04-11T14:39:07+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

For thousands of students in Tennessee who work hard and graduate from high school, the dream of going to college and choosing a career isn’t accessible or realistic. Why not? [...]

11 03, 2017

Day 51: Share our Youth Activism Manual with a young freedom fighter

2017-03-28T06:53:24+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Share ACLU-TN’s Youth Activism Manual with a budding young freedom fighter Mary Beth Tinker was 13 when she became a catalyst for the student speech movement. Ruby Bridges was [...]