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Standing Up for Faith and Freedom

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Apr 6 - Apr 7
12:30 pm
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Event Overview

If you are a college or high school student at a Catholic school, Young America’s Foundation’s Standing Up for Faith & Freedom seminar is for you.

This one-of-a-kind program helps students at Catholic schools advance conservative ideas, with an understanding that young people encounter unique challenges and opportunities at modern Catholic institutions.  The program is not restricted to Catholic students.

Students will hear from many of the Conservative Movement’s most articulate and exciting speakers, addressing topics of particular interest on your campus, including:

  • Rev. William Saunders, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Potomac Falls, Virginia, and author of Straight Answers 
  • Paul Kengor, Grove City College professor, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
  • Jay Richards, Catholic University of America professor, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem
  • Cathy Ruse, senior fellow for legal studies of Family Research Council, Life, Marriage & Transgenderism: How to Win Hearts & Minds Against Hot-Button Attacks on Human Dignity
  • Leila MillerCatholic Answerscontributor and author of Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak, Intrinsic Evils vs. Prudential Judgment
  • Brian Burch, Catholic commentator, Messaging Social Justice Issues
  • Patrick Coyle, vice president of Young America’s Foundation, The Secrets to Change Your Campus

Students will also hear from Ron Robinson, president of Young America’s Foundation, who has helped educate and inspire young conservatives for more than 40 years.

Young America’s Foundation created Standing Up for Faith & Freedom to advance opportunities for young conservatives that had previously been overlooked by existing efforts.  Student leaders are most effective when they address issues that match up with the concerns of students on their campuses.  Decades of teaching young people how to identify and respond to issues specific to their campuses demonstrate that students at Catholic schools need specialized training.

Standing Up for Faith & Freedom teaches students of all faiths attending Catholic schools that Catholic teaching is consistent with the conservative principles of human dignity and human freedom.

THE FEE: The cost to attend is $20.00.  This includes two nights lodging and four meals.

THE FAQs: Click here to all the details.

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Leila Miller

Catholic blogger and author

Leila Miller is a Catholic writer and speaker. She uses social media, including Facebook and her popular blog, Little Catholic Bubble, to teach the Catholic Faith in simple ways and to respectfully dialogue with people of all faiths—as well as secularists and atheists—about the urgent cultural issues of the day. Leila is a regular monthly contributor…

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Paul Kengor

Author, Grove City College Professor, and Executive Director of Center for Vision & Values

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, a four-year, private Christian liberal arts college located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, a Grove City College think-tank and policy center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and…

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Cathy Ruse

Senior fellow, Family Research Council

Cathy Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy, and law. Mrs. Ruse was Chief Counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives where she had oversight of civil rights and human rights issues, as well as…

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Jay Richards

Assistant Research Professor, The Catholic University of America

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom…

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Patrick X Coyle

Young America's Foundation Vice President, Activist, Author and Speaker

Patrick Coyle is the vice president for Young America’s Foundation. Human Events named Mr. Coyle as one of the top ten young conservative activists in the nation, citing his success in reaching hundreds of thousands of students by sending high profile conservative speakers to college campuses. He is also co-editor with Foundation president Ron Robinson…

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John Lenczowski

President, Institute of World Politics

John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, D.C. IWP is dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of American founding principles and the…

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Kristan Hawkins

President, Students for Life

Kristan was hired in 2006 to lead Students for Life of America (SFLA). Since launching SFLA’s full-time operation, Kristan has helped more than triple the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to almost 800 in 49 states, and grow the SFLA National Conference from 450 in 2007 to 2,000 in…

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