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  • YAFTrainingCapitolHillOn June 5 and 6, Young America's Foundation hosted an activism training seminar in Herndon, VA for leaders of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapters at universities around the country. We hosted at our headquarters YAF chairmen and executive board members from a variety of schools, including the University of Notre Dame, Liberty University, the University of Nevada, the University of Tennessee, and Texas Christian University, among others.

    During the two days, students participated in focused discussions on core aspects of activism, including recruiting, fundraising, event planning, media relations, and graphics and design. These sessions allowed students to gain concrete skills in such activities as recruiting peers to the Conservative Movement, cultivating donor relations, hosting a prominent conservative speaker on campus, drafting persuasive op-eds, and designing eye-catching promotional materials

    Additionally, Kate Obenshain, former Vice President at Young America's Foundation and author of "Divider-in-Chief: The Fraud of Hope and Change," energized students with a talk on courageous leadership, describing the challenges and hesitations she herself faced as a student activist at the University of Virginia.

    As part of the two-day training seminar, students also attended Young America's Foundation's Ronald Reagan Forum (titled, "A Time for Choosing: How Ronald Reagan's Principles are Needed In Obama's America")  on Capitol Hill, where they heard from Senator Orrin Hatch and two Reagan administration officials--member of Young America's Foundation Board of Directors Frank Donatelli and Heritage Foundation Vice President Becky Norton Dunlop--all of whom shared personal stories of how President Reagan impacted their lives and the country. Importantly, they also shared their opinion on how young people can, and why they must, promote conservative principles in today's challenging climate.

    Young America's Foundation hosts activism training seminars year-round in order to provide students with the tools necessary to successfully promote ideas such as limited government and individual freedom on their campuses.

    At today's universities, it is increasingly challenging for students who hold conservative beliefs to make their voices heard. The purpose of these seminars is to help students fill this void. Young America's Foundation will teach them, among numerous other things, how to assure that their YAF chapters receive a fair share of funding from their student governments; how to respond to their university administration's attempts to stifle their right to free speech; and how to navigate their university's bureaucracy when planning a campus event. 

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