Conferences & Seminars

High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch

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Event Overview

YAF is aware of and currently monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the Foundation is hopeful that we will be able to continue this program as planned. YAF will communicate any changes here and with participants via email. 

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: The speakers will be posted below as they are confirmed.

FAQs: Download all the frequently asked questions here.

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

**NEW login this year: to register for this conference, you must sign up after selecting apply now below and create a student portal login. From this event page, you will be taken to the a Student Portal Login webpage. Click create an account here, and fill in your first and last name, along with a username and password. Remember this login, as it will be used when you register for future YAF conferences, making the application process easier and smoother by remembering past application information.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
633 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Angela 'Bay' Buchanan

Former Treasurer of the United States

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Kassy Dillon

Founder of Lone Conservative

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EMPOWERED, Founder & President

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