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Youth Free Expression Network (Call for Articles)

Youth Free Expression Network calls for articles on many different topics. Writers must be 21 years old or younger. A small sum will be paid for articles used.
The Youth Free Expression Network (YFEN) is a national coalition of
teens and adults committed to defending the free expression rights of
youth. Faced with Internet filters, ?abstinence-only? sex education,
and other restrictions on young people?s access to ideas, YFEN?s goal
is to empower youth to advocate on their own behalf. In the process,
YFEN aims to educate the public that censorial measures enacted in the
presumed interest of ?protecting? youth not only prevent minors from
learning, thinking, and exploring; they deprive them of critical
information on subjects ranging from human rights and feminism to drugs
and safer sex. YFEN is a program of the Free Expression Policy Project
(FEPP), a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom founded in
2000.

YFEN recently established a web presence at
 http://www.fepproject.org/yfen and is looking to trade links with other
organizations who work in some capacity with youth rights. We have
already included your organization at
 http://www.fepproject.org/yfen/links/links.htm -- it would be great if
you could do the same to help spread the word about YFEN.

We would also like to invite any youth you work with to be involved
with YFEN. We are currently looking for writers under the age of 21 to
write Op-Eds of 500 to 1,000 words on the following topics:

1. Abstinence-only sexuality education
2. Internet Filtering software in schools and libraries
3. Suppression of Gay/Straight Alliances on high school campuses
4. Censorship of student newspapers
5. Censorship of student websites
6. Misrepresentation of young people of color in the media
7. School Dress Codes
8. Withholding of money for school programs and projects deemed
"controversial"
9. Removal of "controversial" books from school libraries
10. Self-censorship in communities often victimized by hate crimes,
including Muslims and gays/lesbians

While our funding lasts, we can pay a small honorarium for each article
we use.