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Frequently Asked Questions


I am a student and would like to know how Young America's Foundation can help me promote conservatism?

Young America's Foundation specializes in helping young people advance conservative ideas at their schools. We can help you sponsor the stars of the Conservative Movement such as Ann Coulter, Ben Stein, George Allen, Michelle Malkin and many others.

Young America's Foundation has two resources that will provide you with the ideas and information you need to make a difference at your school. The Conservative Guide to Campus Activism provides revolutionary ideas and information on how you can advance conservative ideas and challenge the leftist orthodoxy. This guide gives you information on how to start and build a campus organization, effectively promote your organization and club, avoid activist traps, and debate and defeat your opponents. The guide also includes exclusive advice from Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Michelle Malkin, Bay Buchanan, Dinesh D'Souza, and many more!

This Campus Conservative Battleplan publication provides you with specific ideas and activities that your group can organize throughout the school year. For example, you will learn how to organize an American flag memorial in conjunction with the Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project, and how to organize activities supporting our troops as part of Freedom Week in November. Finally, the Foundation team has decades of experience with campus activism. If you ever need advice or have questions about anything related to promoting conservatism at your school, don't overlook contacting our team of experts.

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Do you have chapters on college campuses? If so, do I need to start a group in order to host a speaker at my school?

Young America's Foundation is not a chapter-based organization. We are willing to help any student who wishes to promote conservative ideas and host a Foundation speaker.

If you are interested in becoming more closely involved with the Foundation, you can join our activist rewards program, Club 100 – Where Activism Counts...Club 100 is the first and only program that awards you for promoting conservative ideas on campus.

The Conservative Guide to Campus Activism offers two chapters on how to start and build a conservative student group. Our team can give you unique advice and strategies on how to launch your group.

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What Foundation programs are available so I may learn more about conservative ideas?

Young America's Foundation schedules many conferences throughout the year for both high school and college students to allow them to learn more about conservative ideas.

College students may attend our National Conservative Student Conference.

High school students can take advantage of the National High School Leadership Conference and the Reagan Ranch High School Conference.

Both high school and college students may attend our West Coast Leadership Conference held every fall in Santa Barbara, California.

Young America's Foundation's schedules numerous seminars at the Reagan Ranch Center which educate young people on conservative ideas.. Visit this site for updates.

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Can you recommend a conservative college?

We receive many requests each year to aid students and their parents in their college searches. As a result, we launched the annual "Top Conservative Colleges" list. However, if none of our recommendations interest you, follow these guidelines to avoid enrolling in a left-leaning school.

First, review the course catalogs for any schools you are considering.

Next, find out how many bizarre or politically correct courses are required for graduation. Reviewing a school's course catalog will partly reveal what kind of education you will be receiving. Also, be sure to research what type of speakers have on the campus.

Third, talk to people in your community, church, or other social groups about schools with which they have knowledge and experience. When parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others start talking, you're bound to come up with some schools you may have never even considered! From there, you can begin further research on your own.

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What is the National Journalism Center?

The National Journalism Center (NJC) is an unique venue for journalism education: Devoted to accuracy, balance, and comprehension of the issues, NJC has trained scores of students every year since 1977 in the skills of press work and assigned them internships  at cooperating media locations.

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I am a speaker and would like to be included in your campus lecture program. How do I apply?

Young America's Foundation already has a full list of speakers, and we are committed to promoting our current line-up. If you would still like to apply, please send a current biography, speaking topics, and a video of your presentation (preferably in front of a student audience) to:

Speaker Application
Young America's Foundation
110 Elden Street
Herndon, Virginia 20170

We are unable to consider adding a new speaker to our list until we have seen your presentation.

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Do you offer internships?

Instead of giving traditional internships, Young America's Foundation offers students the opportunity to participate in the Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholars Program in our northern Virginia headquarters and at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Interns are paid, and we encourage them to receive course credit if possible.  Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall. 

Please visit this page for more information and applications. 

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Are you the former Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) organization?

The two groups are totally separate organizations. They have separate Boards of Directors, separate offices, and separate staffs.

Young America's Foundation is an educational organization that sponsors speakers on campus and in the community, provides activist resources and materials, holds conferences and seminars, and saved the Reagan Ranch. As a non-profit, educational foundation, it engages in non-partisan and non-political activities; all contributions are completely tax deductible.

Young Americans for Freedom, on the other hand, engages in more activist programs such as political training and programs and more partisan activities such as demonstrations and conventions. As such, contributions to Young Americans for Freedom are not tax deductible. Young America's Foundation's leadership includes individuals who were or are active in Young Americans for Freedom including one chairman and three national executive directors.

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How can I donate to Young America's Foundation?

Advancing your conservative ideas through a gift to Young America's Foundation is simple and secure. You can do so:

1.) By Check – Please make all checks payable to Young America's Foundation and mail to:

Young America's Foundation
F.M. Kirby Freedom Center
110 Elden Street
Herndon, Virginia 20170

2.) By Credit Card – Young America's Foundation accepts all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. To make a gift by credit card, please click here to give a secure online donation or call us at 800-USA-1776.

3.) Over the Phone – We gladly accept gifts over the phone. If you are interested in making such a gift, please call 800-USA-1776 and a Foundation leader will be glad to assist you.

Click here for more information about supporting young conservatives and the Reagan Ranch.

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How can I visit the Reagan Ranch?

Young America's Foundation saved the Reagan Ranch in 1998. Our primary goal with the Ranch is to use it to inspire the next generation of conservative leaders for our country.

The Reagan Ranch is one component of the Foundation‘s broader mission to "ensure that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of limited government, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and traditional values." In addition to the many students who visit the Ranch through the Foundation's programs, Young America's Foundation also seeks to host as many leaders of the Conservative Movement, media, authors, and scholars as possible. Supporters of Young America's Foundation are also invited to visit the Reagan Ranch. Visits like this are normally reserved for our President's Club members. You can become a member of President's Club by giving a tax deductible gift of $1,000 or more. President's Club members also have their names engraved on Freedom Wall, which you will see during your Ranch visit. For more information on visiting the Reagan Ranch, please complete this form.

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What is the difference between the Reagan Ranch and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library?

A.) The Reagan Ranch, located near Santa Barbara, California, is owned and operated by Young America's Foundation. The Foundation is preserving the Ranch to ensure future generations understand and are inspired by Ronald Reagan's ideas and lasting accomplishments. President Reagan owned the Ranch for 24 years until it was sold to the Foundation in 1998. In total, Ronald Reagan spent 350 days of his presidency at Rancho del Cielo.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, located in Simi Valley, California, is completely separate from the Reagan Ranch and Young America's Foundation. The Library opened its doors in 1991, after President Reagan left office. It is one of twelve presidential libraries directed by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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