A YOUNG PERSON’S BILL OF RIGHTS

Tool #2: A YOUNG PERSON’S BILL OF RIGHTS

I have a right to live rather than merely exist.

I have a right to personhood rather than being an object of possession.

I have a right to equality with every other human being regardless of age.

I have a right to be respected as a human being.

I have a right to be uniquely myself with my own identity.

I have a right to speak my thoughts and feelings, and to be heard.

I have a right to ask “why?” and to receive an answer.

 I have a right to receive discipline without insults, yelling and put-downs.

I have a right to be encouraged to grow to maturity at my own pace.

I have a right to be free of physical harm at the hands of others.

I have a right to be loved for who I am.

I have a right to think for myself and, with guidance, to make my own decisions.

I have a right to be responsible for myself.

I have a right to feel joy, happiness, sorrow, bereavement, and pain.

I have a right to my achievements and a right to my mistakes.

I have a right to care and be cared for, to give and to receive.

I have a right to develop my own convictions, beliefs and standards.

I have a right to know and experience personal freedom.

I have a right to my own body, mind, and spirit.

I have a responsibility to recognize and accept the rights of others regarding their Bill of Rights.

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