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    By: John DiGiacobbe, Highland High School


    JD1I first heard about Young America's Foundation my freshman year of high school. At the time, I was fairly new to the Conservative Movement and my father suggested that it would be a good idea for me to get involved. Nearly a year later, I took the initiative to start my own Young Americans for Freedom chapter, which is the Foundation's chapter affiliate. It was truly one of the best decisions I have ever made. The chapter started out small, but after two years of hard work we have been steadily growing to over 40 active members.

    During my junior year of high school, I helped organize projects such as the 9/11: Never Forget Project, Freedom Week, and the GPA Redistribution video contest. Our chapter gained recognition school wide and we are now acknowledged as an official club on campus.

    YAF has shaped my high school career in many ways. First off, it has enabled me to maximize my leadership skills and potential when handling a chapter. Secondly, YAF has immensely helped to cement my views on the conservative ideology. In these past few years I have gained so much knowledge on individual liberty, free enterprise, moral integrity, and the fundamental principles that have made this country strong. The various conferences that are held throughout the year have allowed me to meet like-minded individuals and form lifelong friendships. The speakers at these events have inspired me, while providing me with droves of information to combat the left.

    Without YAF, I would not have had the immense amount opportunities I've had thus far. I plan to continue with the organization through college and hopefully join or start another chapter. My goal is to continue to encourage young people to take a stand in their community and not be afraid to speak up on conservative values. I am so thankful I got involved with YAF and I can't wait to see what the future has in store!  

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