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"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 13 and 14, 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 $75.00 includes Friday night at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 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.n  Please read the FAQs to get all the travel assistance details.

FAQs: Click here to download all the details.

APPLICATION: This conference is sold-out!

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Richmond Highway
Arlington, VA 22702

Governor Scott Walker

President-Elect of Young America’s Foundation

Governor Scott 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. Scott was active in school, sports, church, Scouts, and American Legion’s Badger Boys State and…

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Kate Obenshain

Author, Blogger, Speaker, Commentator and Former Vice President of Young America's Foundation

Kate has been involved with Young America’s Foundation since her days as a student at the University of Virginia. While UVA, she edited the campus conservative newspaper and organized a state-wide rally in support of America’s troops.  She has served on the Foundation’ s staff in several key capacities, including director of program development, director of…

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Larry O'Connor

Radio Host, WMAL

Larry O'Connor is a radio host on WMAL AM|FM in Washington, D.C., and an online editor at Weekly Standard and Fox News regular.

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Angela 'Bay' Buchanan

Former Treasurer of the United States

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Bay Buchanan, then 32, to be Treasurer of the United States. She became the youngest person to ever hold the position. In the following thirty years, Buchanan remained at the forefront of American politics. Working on six presidential campaigns and chairing three of them, hosting her own national radio…

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Andy Biggs

United States House of Representatives, Representing Arizona's 5th Congressional District

Andy Biggs was first elected to serve the people of Arizona’s Fifth District in 2016. He currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Co-chair of the Border Security Caucus, Chief Regulatory Reform Officer of the Western Caucus,…

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Michael Knowles

Host at the Michael Knowles Show, The Daily Wire

Michael Knowles hosts The Michael Knowles Show at the Daily Wire. In 2017, he wrote the #1 national bestselling treatise Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide, which President Donald Trump hailed as “a great book for your reading enjoyment.” Before blank book fame, Michael studied History and Italian Literature at Yale University, graduating…

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Burgess Owens

Author, Commentator, NFL Super Bowl Champion, and Writer

Burgess spent his childhood growing up in the Deep South during a period when the barriers of segregation were being torn down. He was the third Black American to be offered a football scholarship at the University of Miami. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and simultaneously gained national recognition as a…

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Alex Mooney

U.S. Congressman, West Virginia's Second District

Alex Mooney, former Executive Director of Young America's Foundation's National Journalism Center now serves as Congressman for the second district of West Virginia.  Since 1977 the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring young journalists in the values of responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting.  Mooney served as Executive Director of the National Journalism Center from 2005-2012…

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