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    11/30/2012 12:34:34 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    YAFers at the NCSCBy Kate Edwards 

    May 2011 was an exciting time for Young America's Foundation when we united with Young Americans for Freedom to energize conservative students to start their own chapters and become more active in the Conservative Movement.  Students from all over the country have since started their own YAF chapters, organized activism projects, hosted conservative speakers and debates, wrote for YAF's blog and their school newspapers, and attended YAF national and regional conferences.

    Young America's Foundation is proud to announce today that we now have more than 100 Young Americans for Freedom chapters nationwide.

    Young Americans for Freedom Chairman Michael Jones, said, "During a time when students experience ever-increasing levels of liberal indoctrination, it is an encouragement to witness so many young conservatives taking a principled stand by joining Young Americans for Freedom. As we celebrate Young Americans for Freedom's achievement of 100 chapters, all conservatives can be reassured that the torch of freedom continues to radiantly blaze with the determination of a new generation of Americans who uphold the time-honored virtues of freedom."

    Jolie Stuart-Davis, who is an active member of the Penn State YAF chapter, stated, "I am proud to be part of YAF because we are showing young people how important limited government, traditional values, and free enterprise are to America. I know we are making a difference on campus and YAF gives us the opportunity to do our part in standing up for our beliefs. I am happy to see YAF growing and showing us we are not alone in this fight."

    YAF's message has been simple: we are fighting not to win the next election, but to win the next generation. Conservative students understand just how important this mission is. Dr. Lee Edwards, one of the founders of YAF, stated at the time of the unification, "The Conservative Movement is always strongest when it is unified and focused on the enemies of freedom….The Left is hereby put on notice." Here are a few examples of YAF activism:


    Cherry Purdue YAF YAFers at the Reagan Ranch  University of San Diego NFP


    In June 2011, Isabella Foxen, chair of the La Reina High School YAF chapter, fought to get her chapter recognized by her school's administration. The school claimed that Young America's Foundation was too "militant."  However, Isabella wasn't content to sit by and let her free speech rights be squelched. She has since exposed her school's intolerance and her chapter now meets regularly. 

    In March 2012, the Grosse Point North High School YAF chapter was blocked from posting "Respect All Women" posters. They fought back and exposed the school's biased policies.  

    In May 2012, the Franciscan University YAF chapter released a statement highlighting the fact that the University had to drop healthcare coverage for students, as a matter of fiscal prudency and religious principle, because of ObamaCare.  

    In September 2012, YAF chapters remembered the victims of 9/11 by displaying American flags for YAF's 9/11: Never Forget Project.  

    In November 2012, Marquette University YAF hosted Liz Cheney and Howard Dean as part of the Great Debate Series sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation in front of a packed hall.  

    These are just a handful of examples of YAF activism in the past year.

    Nick James, chair of the Clemson University Young Americans for Freedom, stated "I think the ability to start YAF chapters on campuses is exciting because it allows students to be on the front lines of the fight against liberalism."

    YAF continues to fight on the front lines, helping conservative students succeed in hostile, liberal environments. Our work is far from over. We need to continue the fight and the importance of our mission is clearer now more than ever. Our country is at risk, and Young Americans for Freedom stand ready to save it.

    Thank you to the students who have stepped forwarded to advance conservatism by starting or joining a YAF chapter. You too, can join us! Start a YAF Chapter at your school.

    Kate Edwards is a Program Officer for YAF Chapter Services. 

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