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American Exceptionalism: The Education of Reagan & the Enduring Promise of the American Dream

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American Exceptionalism: The Education of Ronald Reagan & the Enduring Promise of the American Dream

The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home • Dixon, Illinois • July 22-23, 2021

Young America’s Foundation is thrilled to announce its inaugural high school program at the newly acquired Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois!

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.

TUITION: Tuition for this program is only $25 and includes one night in the hotel, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Thursday lunch through Friday dinner.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:  Tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to Jolie Ballantyne at with some language regarding your financial need. We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE:  Tavel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need. Please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to that includes:

  • Language regarding your financial need
  • What you hope to gain by attending the conference
  • Your travel plans
  • The expected amount of your travel plans and the amount you are requesting. (For example, expected travel costs from LAX to ORD $500. I am requesting $200 in assistance.)

We will not consider your request until we receive this completed essay. Please note that travel assistance is not guaranteed and is allocated on a case-by-case basis. Incomplete essays will not be considered. Travel assistance essays are due no later than June 25, 2021, but are issued first come first served.

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

Michael Reagan

Author, Speaker, Radio Talk Show Host and Chairman of The Reagan Group

Son of President Ronald Reagan NYT’s Bestselling Author Syndicated Columnist President of The Reagan Legacy Foundation Michael Reagan is the eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most DYNAMIC and sought after public speakers in the public arena today.  His commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed…

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Jake Jacobs

Teacher, Lourdes Academy

Dr. Jake Jacobs  is president and founder of POLITICALLY INCORRECT INSTITUTION,, the Host of Freedom Project Academy's ONE NATION and the author of Mobocracy: The Cultural and Political  War to Destroy Our Republic under God and Mother Should I Trust The Government:The Making and Keeping of our American Republic. Jake has degrees in American History and Biblical and Judeo-Christian Studies from…

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