Young America's Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.
As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.
The Reagan Ranch Center
Reagan Secret Service Agent John Barletta
Young America's Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan's Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with his ideas—a goal that is also central to the Foundation's mission.
Preserving the Ranch and passing on the President's lasting accomplishments is Young America's Foundation's way of thanking Ronald Reagan for all he has done for his country and the world. His beloved ranch is a place of learning, a place of encouragement and a place of inspiration for generations to come. The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara is a “schoolhouse for Reaganism” where young and old alike can visit and learn more about one of America's greatest presidents.
For more than 30 years, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of balanced, responsible and accurate reporting. Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become a leader in combating bias in the mainstream media.
Founded in 1977, more than 1,600 alumni have graduated from NJC's 12-week training sessions, and some 900 of these have gone on to media and media-related positions.
In 2011, Young America’s Foundation unified with Young Americans for Freedom, which serves as the Foundation’s chapter affiliate on college and high school campuses across the country. Founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. and a group of young conservatives in 1961 at his home in Sharon, Connecticut, Young Americans for Freedom today promotes to youth the principles of limited government, individual freedom, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and traditional values, as outlined in the Sharon Statement. The chapters accomplish this by participating in a wide range of campus initiatives, such as the 9/11: Never Forget Project, Freedom Week, and the GPA Redistribution Contest, among others; and by hosting prominent conservative speakers.
The Foundation trains and equips the student leaders of Young Americans for Freedom chapters by hosting activism training seminars, distributing an array of recruitment and promotional materials, and providing strategic support during campus controversies.
In 2013, Young America’s Foundation launched the Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, a full scale effort dedicated to reinvigorating free market ideas in the minds of today’s youth and reinsitutionalizing the spirit of defending freedom from government intrusion on high school, college and business school campuses across the nation.
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise programs include a campus lecture series featuring successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, and economics professors and experts, along with immersive student training seminars at the Reagan Ranch Center and our National Headquaters. The Center seeks to identify and collaborate with free enterprise-loving allies to equip students with access to the most knowledgeable free market experts and cutting-edge business leaders.