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  • Sarah McIntosh 10:38 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Youth Rights   

    This Is Goodbye, But It’s Not The End 

    With the annual meeting out of the way, my final two weeks with NYRA flew by very quickly. Like many other interns, I grappled with the question of what I could do to have a lasting impact on the organization I worked for. After I finished following up with our meeting speakers and tablers, I did just that. I assembled Chapters materials for NYRA’s NEW website, which finally went up last week!

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  • Sarah McIntosh 10:37 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Newsletter, , Youth Rights   

    A News-Worthy Internship 

    One of the things I love most about interning for a small non-profit is the wide array of experiences and skills I acquire. I’m not a communications major and I’ve never taken a journalism course, yet this summer one of my responsibilities is to track NYRA’s presence in the news. Each month we send out a newsletter to our membership, entitled “NYRA Freedom”, summarizing our accomplishments over the past month. For the May issue of this newsletter I assembled a press list of articles NYRA was mentioned in and other news articles related to the work we do. This month I was very excited to actually write some of the articles for the monthly newsletter.  (More …)

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  • Sarah McIntosh 4:23 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Privacy, , Youth Rights   

    You Need a Harvard Degree to Tell Me That?! 

    Yesterday I headed over to Georgetown Law School with NYRA Executive Director Alex Koroknay-Palicz for the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. Alex was speaking on a youth privacy panel hosted by the American Library Association. The intent of the panel hosts was to discuss Facebook and online privacy issues (kids put all their information on the internet these days, etc etc etc) but Alex’s presentation centered around the idea that Facebook isn’t the biggest threat to youth privacy. Teachers, parents, and new technology like GPS phone tracking devices present a much greater threat to privacy.

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  • Sarah McIntosh 5:59 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Civil Rights, , , Youth Rights   

    Employment at Last! 

    Finally, 17 applications and 2 unpaid internships later, I landed myself a paid internship for the summer. True, it’s only a stipend, and yes, technically I earn less than minimum wage, but who cares! I’m finally being paid to do something I love, a huge accomplishment given the current job market for college students. I couldn’t be more excited about my summer with the National Youth Rights Association. The National Youth Rights Association, or NYRA for short, is a non-profit that works to defend youth civil rights. You can read more about the organization on their website, soon to be updated with a whole new layout (one of my responsibilities this summer is transferring materials from the old website to the new one). While I applied for several summer internships, NYRA was at the top of my list and I was ecstatic when I was asked to come in for an interview.

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