Youth Rights

Young people are NOT second class citizens

Protecting the rights of young people

Young people have nearly the same rights as adults, with very few exceptions. Minors don’t enjoy the full protection of the Bill of Rights—you still have to listen to your parents, and for the most part, do what they say; obey the law; go to school; etc. But you are still protected by the Bill of Rights, and the older you get, the more it protects you.

We protect the rights of young people by defending their freedom of expression and association, protecting their freedom to learn and to weigh controversial ideas, working to guarantee equal access to education, ensuring fair treatment in disciplinary actions, challenging restrictive curfews, and fighting for fair and age-appropriate treatment by the justice system.

The San Diego ACLU runs a program called Youth Activists for Change, which seeks to empower high school youth to become civically engaged by building their community organizing skills and increasing their political awareness.

Students learn about immigrant rights, racial justice, LGBTQIA rights, student rights, civic engagement, and much more. Contact our Youth Organizer for details on how to get involved!

 

Schools should be institutions of learning and safety...not over-policing.
Juvenile Justice

ACLU Statement On Lincoln High School Incident

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is deeply concerned about an incident yesterday at Lincoln High School, in which a school police officer tased a student who is now facing charges in juvenile court and San... Read More

News

Yes, Robert, There Is Free Expression

 Today, in another stand for free expression, the San Diego ACLU successfully defended the right of a middle school student to wear a t-shirt to school that some may find offensive, but represents classic... Read More

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Police Practices

ACLU statement: San Diego Unified to Return MRAP

 SAN DIEGO - The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties congratulates San Diego Unified School District for announcing it will return the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (or MRAP) it had obtained... Read More

Judge Barbara Major engages a class at San Diego High School, 2013.
Youth Rights

ACLU Celebrates the Constitution and Bill of Rights! Constitution Day 2014

 September 17th is Constitution Day! On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day: to sign the... Read More

Youth Rights

Not-So-Subtle Campaign to Pressure Parents to Cough Up for iPads

Update 5/30/2012:  The Poway Unified School District and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Countiesresolved a thorny issue in which a district elementary school apparently pressured families to pay for iPads for... Read More