Young Naturists America
Young Naturists America (YNA) was founded in the fall of 2010 by Jordan Blum and Felicity Jones (not their real names). The main goal of this website is to promote the nudist (or naturist) lifestyle to the younger demographic.
They focus mostly on the 21 – 35 age groups but do accept older individuals.
Nudism Promotion Approaches
They have occasionally hosted events in the tri-state New York area. In recent years, events have been infrequent.
Some examples of events:
- YNA hosted a Nude Years Eve party 2011/2012.
- They have rented out private spaces and bars and had parties where everyone who attended is naked. The last one was in March, 2014. Nude Night Out.
- They organized weekend trips to nudist resorts where they camp, have drum circles, and practice naked yoga.
In early 2011 they launched an iPhone, Android and web app entitled MyNudeWorld which contained information about nudist resorts, nude beaches and other nudist and naturist groups or organizations world wide. The app is no longer available in the Apple App Store.
Publications and Websites
On December 31, 2011 they launched a short-lived online news publication called the "Bare Times," which ceased publication in 2012. This publication covered all kinds of topics such as art, travel and news from both the nudist and "textile" worlds. The site now redirects to the Young Naturists of America site.
In January 2012 they launched a new site: Ask A Nudist, where people from all over the world can ask questions and receive answers.
In Spring of 2015, a post announced a plan to emphasize advocacy via the website over event planning, leaving the website as a vehicle for personal points of view, primarily Felicity and Jordan. In February 2016, the site invited visitors to volunteer at future events.
Their website has many articles on the different facets of nudism such as: nudity and religion, behavior etiquette, laws about public nudity and news/information about other nudist events from all over the world. There have been several "first time" stories which touch on YNA's body positivity theme and seem apocryphal. Additionally, the site contains pieces on "social acceptance" themes such as anti-bullying, anti-shaming, and body image.
On June 26, 2015 Felicity Jones of YNA explained how naturism can have a positive impact on body image. The issue of body image is one that Young Naturists America often covers.
In April, 2015, Young Naturists America was the central topic in a Playboy magazine article about the new generation of nudists. Later that year, YNA was featured in the New York Observer and twice in the New York Magazine.
They have also contributed to many online and media publications who are looking for information about naturism, place where public nudity is accepted  and especially the younger generations approach to the clothing optional lifestyle.
- Zasky, Jason. "Nudists Eye Youth Movement". Failure Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Blum, Jordan; Jones, Felicity. "Young Naturists America" (Interview). WBAI.
- Niemietz, Brian (2011-12-30). "New Year’s Eve for dummies". New York Post. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Belkin, Douglas (2011-05-02). "Wearing Only a Smile, Nudists Seek Out the Young and the Naked". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- "MyNudeWorld". Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- "The Bare Times". Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- "Ask A Nudist". Archived from the original on 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Fallon, Claire (2015-06-25). "Take It Off! The Fine Art Of Getting Naked In A Clothed World". huffingtonpost.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Molly Oswaks (April 21, 2015). "A New Generation of Nudists is Rethinking Au Naturel". playboy.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Abby Ellin (July 21, 2015). "Naked in New York: Why More of Us Are Taking It All Off". observer.com. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Maureen O'Connor (July 2, 2015). "How to Flirt and Make Friends at a Nude Beach". nymag.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Margaret Rhodes (June 14, 2015). "How to Swim All By Yourself". nymag.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Ben Axelson (July 22, 2015). "Naked in Upstate NY: A guide to nudism, nude recreation, resorts and clubs". newyorkupstate.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.