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High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch

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Mar 13 - Mar 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Event Overview


Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch High School Conference is a unique gathering designed specifically for high school students and framed as a “crash course” in conservative thought. No prior knowledge or involvement in public policy is required to attend.


  • Learn conservative ideas and effective activism
  • Meet and network with like-minded students
  • Interact with your conservative heroes
  • Receive valuable resource materials
  • Improve your critical thinking and debate skills
  • Become a young leader in the Conservative Movement
  • Walk in Reagan's footsteps

When you attend, you will hear briefings and discussions with conservatism’s brightest minds and most respected leaders. Students also enjoy a tour of the Reagan Ranch.

SPEAKERS: Confirmed speakers includeDr's. Mark Skousen and Burt Folsom, George Harbison, Ron Robinson, and Patrick Coyle. Please scroll down to read the speaker biographies. Speakers will be posted as they are confirmed.

THE COST: The $100 conference fee includes three nights at a Santa Barbara hotel, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday lunch.

THE FAQs: Click here for all the frequently asked questions.


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The Reagan Ranch Center
217 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101

George Harbison

Senior Finance Executive

George P. Harbison is a senior finance executive, having held the position of Chief Financial Officer for several companies in the hospitality and higher education industries over the past 25 years. Over the course of his career, Mr. Harbison has managed buy-side and sell-side business transactions totaling over $600 million. In his role as a…

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Burt Folsom

Professor, Columnist, Historian and Author

Historian Burt Folsom of Hillsdale College is the longest serving faculty member of Young America’s Foundation’s student programs, where he consistently receives top ratings from the young people he reaches at each YAF event. Dr. Folsom is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and he received his B.A. from Indiana University, his M.A. from the University…

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Mark Skousen

American Economist and Writer

Mark Skousen, Ph. D., editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor and author of more than 25 books. In 2018, he was awarded the Triple Crown in Economics for his work in economic theory, history and education, and has been identified as one of the 20 most influential living economists…

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Ron Robinson

President of Young America's Foundation, Trustee of The Phillips Foundation, Author, Director of Citizen's United and American Conservative Union

Video: How Does the Media Treat Conservatives? (10-19-12) 52:53 Ron Robinson has served as Young America’s Foundation’s president for more than four decades.  Time magazine wrote that Young America’s “[F]oundation—run by a former Reagan Administration advisor, Ron Robinson—is now the nation’s largest advocacy group devoted to student politics.” Time referred to Robinson as one of the “seasoned generals of the right” who…

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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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