Input Sought on Youth Rights Guide for Hawaii’s Public and Charter School Students

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation today unveiled a prototype of the Youth Rights Guide (“Guide”) – a ”know your rights” resource for people under the age of 18 in Hawaii. The Guide was released at Journalism Day – a yearly gathering of working reporters mentoring Hawaii’s student journalists held at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

The Guide’s initial focus is on the students in Hawaii’s public and charter schools, with sections on fundamental rights like free speech, freedom of religion, protections for students’ gender expression, search and seizure by school officials and/or police, equity in boys’ and girls’ sports, and more. The Guide aims to help young people more confidently participate in school and society, with knowledge about the protections of the U.S. and Hawai‘i State Constitutions.

The early release version of the Guide can be found at: or

Plans for more sections, a printed reference version, and a touring public education presentation for schools and libraries are under consideration for 2015. Today’s prototype unveiling asks students and educators for feedback and suggestions on its utility and accessibility to all Hawaii youth.

ACLU of Hawaii Youth Affairs Working Group Chair Esther Solomon said: “Constitution Day is 9/17 – what a great opportunity to spark awareness of fundamental rights among youth and demonstrate how knowing their rights directly affects their quality of life. The ACLU is interested in partnerships within the community to foster a sense of civic interest that is so crucial to sustaining a free society.”