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    6/6/2013 11:43:32 AM Posted by Kate Cortes

    unknown By: Gabriella Morrongiello

    It has been almost a year since I first became involved with Young America's Foundation. Unbeknownst to me, last summer my mother signed me up for the annual National Conservative Student Conference (NCSC). When the conference began, I was a cynical college student who thought I had it all figured out. Four days later, after having listened to a variety of iconic figures in the conservative movement speak on free enterprise, morality, and individual responsibility, I had been revolutionized into a young activist with an unwavering devotion to advancing the Conservative Movement. 

    I attend Oregon State, a public university on the "left coast," as John Gizzi likes to say. Liberal professors have permeated OSU's classrooms. Removing campus news bins containing a conservative student publication and failing to offset the vast amount of liberal speakers brought to campus with conservative speakers from the right are just a few examples of the intolerance of opinion my school administrators have displayed.

    A month after returning home from NCSC, I began my sophomore year at OSU where I recruited a few like-minded friends and established a Young Americans for Freedom chapter. I was immediately shocked with the outpouring of support I received from members of YAF. Educational pamphlets, buttons, posters and films were sent to me. It was everything I needed to launch my chapter and keep students interested. I was flown out to the Reagan Ranch Center for a weekend of activism training and consultation with other YAF chapter chairs. Periodically, YAF program director Kate Edwards would check in with me and see how things were going on campus. Just a few weeks ago I received a new box full of fresh pamphlets.

    I am continuously amazed with this organization's generosity and the time and effort they spend on helping us activists succeed. Additionally, I've been amazed at the amount of opportunities I've encountered due to my affiliation with YAF. From interning with the National Journalism Center to meeting with congressmen in D.C., I owe it all to my involvement with this organization.

    Leading my YAF chapter has been a rewarding experience not just to me, but to my peers as well. It has allowed me to stand up to the shameful indoctrination on my campus while simultaneously encouraging other students to do the same. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and that is exactly what I see myself and fellow YAF chapter chairs doing at college campuses today. We are fighting to restore this great country and the responses I've received as a YAF chapter chair continue to give me hope and inspire my contributions to the conservative movement.


    Gabriella Morrongiello is an intern for the National Journalism Center, placed at the Washington Examiner. She will be a junior at Oregon State University, and is chairman of the OSU Young Americans for Freedom chapter. 


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