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2022 American Exceptionalism Seminar at the Reagan Boyhood Home – High School Program

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American Exceptionalism Seminar:
The Education of Ronald Reagan
The Boyhood Home • Dixon, Illinois • May 6-7, 2022

This two-day program will give high school students an insight into the people, places, and ideas that shaped our 40th President as a young man, allowing them to better understand why and how Ronald Reagan changed the country and the world and how they can do the same. Key values, such as faith, patriotism, humility, perseverance, optimism, and hard work were instilled in Ronald Reagan as a boy and shaped his vision of what America was, is, and could be –a “Shining City on a Hill.”

Today, young people are taught that America is the exact opposite –a place of racism, oppression, and limited opportunity– and that our most important systems and institutions– the Constitution, free enterprise, free speech, and religious liberty among them – are simply instruments of this oppression. This program will help students grapple with important questions about American identity and better equip them to understand and defend the principles of freedom.

Throughout this program, students will hear from some of the Conservative Movement’s brightest minds, be inspired by their stories and insights, meet like-minded peers from across the country, receive invaluable resources, and tour the charming Midwest home and town that built young Ronald Reagan.

This educational program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6th and will conclude on Saturday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m.


    • Learn from top leaders in the Conservative Movement about how to champion your principles at your school & beyond!
    • Tour the Reagan Boyhood Home and other Reagan sites
    • Meet and network with like-minded students and participate in discussion with fellow students
    • Receive valuable resource materials
    • Improve your critical thinking and debate skills
    • Become a young leader in the Conservative Movement!

WHAT’S INCLUDED: The conference fee of $30 includes Friday night in a hotel, conference materials, transportation during the program, and meals from Friday dinner through Saturday dinner.

TRANSPORTATION: Young America’s Foundation will offer one shuttle to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The shuttle departs from Chicago O’Hare at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 6. To ride the shuttle, students must land before 9:30 AM.

At the conclusion of the conference, Young America’s Foundation will offer one return shuttle on Saturday, May 7 from Dixon to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Students will arrive at O’Hare by 7:30 PM.

TRAVEL AND TUITION ASSISTANCE: Travel and tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions below for instructions about how to apply. Please note that travel and tuition assistance are not guaranteed and are allocated on a case-by-case basis.

MORE DETAILS: For details about applying for travel or tuition assistance, travel options and shuttles, dress code, hotel accommodations, and more, please check the program Frequently Asked Questions.

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
810 &, 816 S Hennepin Ave
Dixon, IL 61021

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