A bit more about Young Nudists of Australia

In charge of YNOA are a group of entrepreneurial, forward-thinking and socially switched on individuals eager to encourage not just their own friends, but young people across the country to change their thinking about nudism and to embrace the lifestyle.

Our fearless leaders in Queensland are Dan Adamik and his partner Natasha Day. Driving this bus of progression in New South Wales is Matt Lennon (found on Facebook as ‘Matto Nudo’), while sitting in the driver’s seat in Victoria is Rebekah Lee. We have representatives in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and even New Zealand.

Forget that “young at heart” cliché. It may not be popular, but a line has to be drawn somewhere in order to ensure the integrity of this group in modern circles, and that for us is 40. End of story.

Playing no small part in our change of thinking has been the young nudist scene currently thriving in the United States of America. Granted, the comparison between the populations of the US and Australia create a major imbalance, but the fact remains that the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and its partner resorts are enjoying massive success in drawing newer, younger crowds. For example, a recent visit by Matto to the first ‘Young Nudist Leaders Summit’ organised by the AANR in Florida saw more than 100 young people in attendance, all under the age of 35, while more than 70% of these people were in fact female. Read that again. It’s no mistake.

The YNOA is largely in effect on Facebook, while we do have a presence on Twitter and Instagram. But in case you’re wondering, we are under no illusions when it comes to the impersonal nature of Facebook. We’re well aware of the plethora of online groups that claim to be based on nudism. So you may be asking: “But how do you know people are who they say they are?”

The YNOA operates a three-pronged effort on Facebook and our other social platforms. Up first is a public group which anyone can in fact “Like” but this is for the most part a very thin façade. In addition to no real information being posted on this page, we scour the profiles of everybody who likes this page and make a determination on whether each person is legitimate. Some are as obvious as a sledgehammer to the head, while some are more adept in the art of disguise. But here’s the inner lining in the fabric of our movement.

The second prong of YNOA is the Secret Group. This is where most of our communication takes place, including event planning. In order to gain access to this section, a robust identification and verification process is in effect, requiring all applicants to submit to us a self-portrait photo and a copy of a form of photo identification. This same form of identification must be visible in the self-portrait photo and assessments are then made. All new members are also sent a copy of the YNOA Code of Behaviour, which clearly lays out what is and isn’t acceptable personal conduct both online and at meet-ups.

If your next concern is the privacy of this sensitive information, we have adopted a strict privacy policy in line with state and federal law, its statutes and limitations. Once verified and approved, the applicant’s sensitive personal information is destroyed. This process may seem tough, but it has allowed us to weed out the fakes, the perverts and anybody with the wrong intentions (and trust us, there have been plenty of attempts to infiltrate our ranks). But it is a result of this gatekeeping approach that our verified members are now reaping the benefits of an environment in which they know those they communicate with are 100% legitimate and real. We make no apologies for it.

The third prong of our strategy is a dedicated group exclusively for women, which is administered solely by Natasha and Rebekah, with no involvement whatsoever by Dan and Matto. Access to this group is for verified members only. On a daily basis, this group results in regular posts, discussions and debates about topics relevant to women as it pertains to nudism, which members can be assured are kept in the strictest of confidence.

So, body accepted people of Australia, the challenge is now being set to you to spread the word about YNOA. Tell your friends, tell your children. Heck, tell your friends to tell their children and tell your friends to tell their children to tell their friends. Body acceptance among young people has a very healthy future and if resorts and clubs around the country wish to share in that for future generations, YNOA is here to help.