Herndon, VA – Young America’s Foundation and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) are joining forces in the face of an unprecedented assault on freedom in this country. The goal of the two united organizations is to provide young conservatives with unmatched resources, training, and activism initiatives to advance freedom on campuses nationwide.
New federal programs are encroaching on our everyday lives as never before. Young people in this country need to take action now more than ever to ensure the freedoms they have enjoyed will continue. The Left clearly understands the importance of reaching students with President Obama appearing on college campuses once every twelve days. The unification of Young America’s Foundation and Young Americans for Freedom will bring an even greater conservative presence to America’s high school and college campuses.
Young Americans for Freedom will become a project of Young America’s Foundation and operate with the guidance of the Foundation’s leadership team. The existing board members of Young Americans for Freedom will become part of a newly formed advisory board.
Commenting on the merger, Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson said, “During this time in our country when freedom is on the precipice, we felt strongly about marshaling our forces so we can take every step necessary to ensure the next generation understands the importance of limited government and individual freedom. We look forward to strengthening our effectiveness, and Young Americans for Freedom’s rich conservative legacy made it a natural partner.”
Young America’s Foundation already provides students with speakers, activism programs, conferences and opportunities to learn about Ronald Reagan’s accomplishments by visiting his beloved ranch, Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara, California. Young Americans for Freedom, founded by the legendary William F. Buckley, Jr. in Sharon, Connecticut, in 1960 and guided by the Sharon Statement, establishes a network of YAF chapters across the country to build a cadre of young conservative activists.
Young America’s Foundation will continue to work with any student or existing conservative student organization that wants to host one of our more than 70 conservative speakers, attend a Foundation conference, or get involved with our campus activism initiatives. When conservative students want to start a conservative club, Young America’s Foundation will encourage them to start a YAF chapter.
Existing YAF chapters will be brought under the Foundation’s auspices. Both existing and new clubs will receive materials, training, support, and encouragement based on decades of activism experience.
Dr. Lee Edwards was one of the nearly 100 young conservatives who founded Young Americans for Freedom at the home of William F. Buckley Jr. in September 1960. He is also founder of YAF’s official publication, The New Guard. Commenting on the merger, Dr. Edwards said, “The Conservative Movement is always strongest when it is united and focused on the enemies of freedom, which is why I applaud enthusiastically the merger of Young Americans for Freedom and Young America’s Foundation. The Left is hereby put on notice.”
Dr. Wayne Thorburn, author of A Generation Awakes: Young Americans for Freedom and the Creation of the Conservative Movement and longtime Foundation director noted, “Young Americans for Freedom has a proud history of producing leaders for the Conservative Movement. This merger will strengthen the effort to bring the conservative message to more campuses and remind young Americans of Ronald Reagan’s dedication to individual liberty and economic freedom.”
Young Americans for Freedom Chairman Michael Jones, said, “Not since the signing of the Sharon Statement has there been such a significant decision for Young Americans for Freedom. Merging with Young America’s Foundation represents what William F. Buckley Jr. and other leading conservatives have long believed and practiced—that when we proceed together in the spirit of unity, we not only ensure a promising future for the cause of conservatism, but secure and uphold the God-given principles that have served to make our nation the leading champion of freedom and liberty the world over.”
Student activists are excited about how the unification will benefit them in their efforts to more effectively advance conservatism. Jiesi Zhao, a recent graduate of the University of California – Berkeley says, “When I was a student activist at Berkeley, I wanted to work directly with Young America’s Foundation in order to bring in speakers and host other on-campus events. With the unification, student activists on campuses nationwide can now form Young Americans for Freedom chapters at their universities and organize campus events as an entity of Young America’s Foundation without having to go through other campus organizations and various other channels of bureaucracy.
For further information or to schedule an interview call Patrick Coyle at (800) USA-1776
Young America’s Foundation is an educational organization promoting conservative ideas on our nation’s campuses through lectures, publications, and conferences. During the last year, the Foundation sponsored more than 600 lectures, including addresses by Governor Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, Ben Stein, and Steve Forbes. In 1998, Young America’s Foundation saved the Reagan Ranch, and with the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, uses it to educate young people about Reagan’s ideas.