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2022 Fall College Retreat

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Event Overview

"The point of the present occasion is to win recruits... to infuse the conservative spirit in enough people... to entitle us to look about us... at the well planted seeds of hope.”  William F. Buckley

The struggle to protect our freedom continues.

Indeed, after key victories many conservatives are tempted to pause their efforts and overlook that the Left never stops fighting for their radical agenda.

Regardless of what happens this fall, whether you feel the need to celebrate or reload to protect your freedoms, you need to meet with like-minded conservatives to plan your strategy to promote freedom on your campus.

The principles upon which our nation was founded will not be swept away overnight, but we must remain diligent in defending our freedoms against those who believe the government knows best.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan

On November 11 and 12, young conservative leaders from around the country will rally together at Young America’s Foundation’s Fall College Retreat. Hundreds of full-time college students will come together in our nation’s capital to strategize and learn the best methods to boldly promote conservatism in the weeks and months ahead.

  • Meet like-minded peers from across the country
  • Learn from top professors and leaders in the Conservative Movement
  • Discover ways you can champion conservative principles at your school and beyond, and more!

TUITION:  The conference fee of only $50.00 includes Friday night at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, conference materials, dinner Friday, and breakfast and lunch, on Saturday.

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE: While travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests.  Please read the FAQs to get all the travel assistance details.

FAQs: Click here to download all the details.

Registration for this conference is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please email Jaime at jhahn@yaf.org with the subject line "Waitlist for the Fall College Retreat."

Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Governor Scott Walker

President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker was elected president of Young America's Foundation on February 1, 2021. Governor Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin, when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister and his mother worked part time as a bookkeeper and secretary.…

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Kellyanne Conway

Former Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor to the President at the White House

Kellyanne Conway served as Campaign Manager of the come-from-behind victory of Trump-Pence 2016, making her the first woman in U.S. history to successfully helm a presidential campaign. For nearly four years, Kellyanne served as Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor to the President at the White House, working on a range of issues affecting…

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Wesley Hunt

Congressman-elect, Texas's 38th Congressional District

Wesley Hunt was born and raised in Houston, TX in a military family and is a proud alumnus of St. John’s School. Upon graduation from St. John’s, Wesley accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 2004, he received his commission in the U.S. Army and graduated with a Bachelor…

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Rebecca L. Heinrichs

Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in US national defense policy with a focus on strategic deterrence. Ms. Heinrichs publishes frequently in leading political magazines and academic journals, and regularly provides analysis on cable news and radio programs. Ms. Heinrichs serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World…

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Alex Epstein

New York Times bestselling author and Founder and President, Center for Industrial Progress

Alex Epstein is a philosopher and energy expert who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Alex has made his moral case for fossil fuels at dozens of campuses, including Harvard, Yale,…

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Ian Haworth

Speaker, Writer, and Podcast Host

Ian is a conservative writer, speaker and podcast host.Originally from the United Kingdom, Ian moved to the United States after graduating from Oxford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Before entering the world of political commentary, Ian worked in Silicon Valley as a Software Engineer. During this time, Ian spent almost…

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Daniel Di Martino

Venezuelan freedom activist and economist

Daniel Di Martino is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University and the founder of the Dissident Project.  Born and raised in Venezuela, Di Martino experienced the terrible consequences of socialism firsthand. After leaving Venezuela for the United States in 2016, he dedicated himself to explaining how socialism destroyed his homeland, advocating for its freedom, and stopping this ideology from ever being…

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