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High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch

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October High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch

The Reagan Ranch • Santa Barbara, CA • October 20-23, 2021

“there's a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age,
I think, can light the rest of our lives”

– President Ronald Reagan

This four-day program will give high school students an insight into the people, places, and ideas that shaped our 40th President, allowing them to better understand why and how Ronald Reagan changed the country and the world and how they can do the same. The very essence of President Reagan’s character is found at the Ranch—his humility, optimism, hard work, love for freedom, and belief in the American Dream. The Ranch embodies 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, and tour Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House” and home of 25 years.

THE BENEFITS:

  • Learn from top leaders in the Conservative Movement about how to champion your principles at your school & beyond!
  • Walk in President Reagan’s footsteps at Rancho del Cielo
  • 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!

This educational program will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20th and will conclude on Saturday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

THE TUITION FEE: The conference fee of $100 includes three nights in a hotel, conference materials, transportation during the program, and meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday lunch.

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE: Travel 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 travel@yaf.org 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 ORD to SBA $500. I am requesting $200 in assistance.)
  • The subject line should read, “October High School Conference – Travel Assistance Request”

Please register for this program before submitting your travel assistance essay, and 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.

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 Conference Co-Director Madison Habersetzer at madisonh@reaganranch.org with some language regarding your financial need. We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.

THE SPEAKERS: Michael Reagan, Burt Folsom, Ian Rowe, James Lindsay, Liz Wheeler, Alexandra DeSanctis, Robert Spencer and Matt Schlapp. Please scroll down to read their bios.

THE DETAILS:  Please click here for all the frequently asked questions.

THE APPLICATION: 

Michael Reagan

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

Michael is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and Academy Award Winning Actress Jane Wyman. He authored many successful books including his best-selling autobiography On the Outside Looking In and The Common Sense of An Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan. His most recent book Twice Adopted is based…

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Liz Wheeler

Host of The Liz Wheeler Show

Liz Wheeler is unapologetically one of the conservative movement’s boldest voices. In Politico’s words, Liz is a “titan” of media, and she’s just getting started.Blocked by AOC, demonetized on Facebook, and whispered about at the Snopes water cooler, Liz Wheeler is undeterred—maybe even energized. As the host of The Liz Wheeler Show, one of the year’s most highly-anticipated new podcasts, Liz…

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Governor Scott Walker

President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker was elected president of Young America's Foundation on February 1, 2021. Governor 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.…

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Alexandra DeSanctis

Staff Writer, National Review

Alexandra DeSanctis is a staff writer for National Review and a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She was previously a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism with the National Review Institute and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

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Burt Folsom

Distinguished Fellow at Hillsdale College, Historian and Author

“Free markets are in short supply. I enjoy studying free markets and how they work.” 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…

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Robert Spencer

Author, Blogger, Speaker and Director of Jihad Watch

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Coming in 2017 is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free…

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Dr. James Lindsay

Author, Mathematician, and Commentator

An American-born author, mathematician, and commentator, Dr. James Lindsay has written six books spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science and postmodern theory. He is the founder of New Discourses and currently promoting his new book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms…

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Matt Schlapp

Chairman, American Conservative Union

On June 19, 2014 the board of the American Conservative Union unanimously voted to elect Matt Schlapp as the ninth Chairman of the nation’s oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization. From 2001 to 2005, Schlapp served as President Bush’s political director during the re-election and previously as his deputy political director. During the 2000 presidential…

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Ian Rowe

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Mr. Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. Mr. Rowe is also the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools opening in the Bronx in 2022; the chairman of the board of Spence-Chapin,…

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