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The Path to Prosperity Seminar | Santa Barbara, California

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The Path to Prosperity:
Reagan Conservatism and American Exceptionalism

The Reagan Ranch • Santa Barbara, CA • August 13-14, 2021

This two-day program will give college 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, including YAF President Governor Scott Walker, Dr. Arthur Laffer, and Dr. Paul Kengor; be inspired by their stories and insights; meet like-minded peers from across the country; receive invaluable resources; and tour Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House” and home of 25 years.

Tuition: The conference fee of $50 includes one night in the hotel, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Friday lunch 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.) *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. Travel assistance essays are due no later than Monday, August 9, 2021 but are issued first come first served.

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 Jolie Ballantyne at jballantyne@yaf.org with some language regarding your financial need. We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.

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

Governor Scott Walker

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

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Arthur Laffer

Economist, Professor, and Author

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Dr. Paul Kengor

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

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books. He is senior director and chief academic fellow at the Institute for Faith & Freedom and former visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His…

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U.S. Representative (CA-8)

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