Young America’s Foundation specializes in helping young people advance conservative ideas at their schools. We can help you sponsor the stars of the Conservative Movement such as Ben Shapiro, Lt Col Allen West, Dinesh D’Souza, Art Laffer and many others. Please call Patrick Coyle at 800-USA-1776 to host a speaker at your school.
You can also visit our website here to learn about monthly campus initiatives. For example, you will learn how to organize an American flag memorial in conjunction with the Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, and how to organize activities supporting our troops as part of Freedom Week in November. Finally, the Foundation team has decades of experience with campus activism. If you ever need advice or have questions about anything related to promoting conservatism at your school, don’t overlook contacting our team of experts.
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) brings students together to advocate for individual freedom, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and traditional American values.
You can create a visible presence for the Conservative Movement, provide a bold alternative to the leftist ideas promoted on campus, and ensure your peers are introduced to conservative ideas by getting involved with Young Americans for Freedom.
Whether you have been in a Young Americans for Freedom chapter for years or you don’t yet have a chapter, but want to be a part of America’s most influential and effective group of young conservatives, you can now join thousands of other patriotic students and become a member of Young Americans for Freedom!
By far, starting a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at your school so that other likeminded, conservative students can gather together and advance America’s founding principles is the best way to make a difference in your community–and build powerful networks and make lifelong friends!
Learn more about how Young America’s Foundation partners with other organizations here.
Young America’s Foundation schedules many conferences throughout the year for both high school and college students to allow them to learn more about conservative ideas.
College students may attend our National Conservative Student Conference.
High school students can take advantage of the National High School Leadership Conference and the Reagan Ranch High School Conferences. Please visit our conferences and seminars event pages for all the details.
We receive many requests each year to aid students and their parents in their college searches. As a result, we launched the annual “Top Conservative Colleges” list. However, if none of our recommendations interest you, follow these guidelines to avoid enrolling in a left-leaning school.
First, review the course catalogs for any schools you are considering.
Next, find out how many bizarre or politically correct courses are required for graduation. Reviewing a school’s course catalog will partly reveal what kind of education you will be receiving. Also, be sure to research what type of speakers have on the campus.
Third, talk to people in your community, church, or other social groups about schools with which they have knowledge and experience. When parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others start talking, you’re bound to come up with some schools you may have never even considered! From there, you can begin further research on your own.
Please visit this page for more information about speaking for Young America’s Foundation.
Instead of giving traditional internships, Young America’s Foundation offers students the opportunity to participate in the Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholars Program in our northern Virginia headquarters and at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Interns are paid, and we encourage them to receive course credit if possible. Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall. Please visit this page for more information and applications.
YAF was founded on September 11, 1960 by a group of young conservatives who met at the home of William F. Buckley Jr. and wrote its founding document, the Sharon Statement. In 2011, YAF and Young America’s Foundation unified, with the former becoming a chapter affiliate of the latter. YAF alumni have founded or played a critical role in numerous conservative organizations, including the American Conservative Union, the National Rifle Association, the Fund for American Studies, and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
Advancing your conservative ideas through a gift to Young America’s Foundation is simple and secure. You can do so:
1.) By Check – Please make all checks payable to Young America’s Foundation and mail to:
Young America’s Foundation
11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 600
Reston, Virginia 20191
2.) By Credit Card – Young America’s Foundation accepts all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. To make a gift by credit card, please click here to give a secure online donation or call us at 800-USA-1776.
3.) Over the Phone – We gladly accept gifts over the phone. If you are interested in making such a gift, please call 800-USA-1776 and a Foundation leader will be glad to assist you.
Young America’s Foundation saved the Reagan Ranch in 1998. Our primary goal with the Ranch is to use it to inspire the next generation of conservative leaders for our country.
The Reagan Ranch is one component of the Foundation‘s broader mission to “ensure that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of limited government, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and traditional values.” In addition to the many students who visit the Ranch through the Foundation’s programs, Young America’s Foundation also seeks to host as many leaders of the Conservative Movement, media, authors, and scholars as possible. Supporters of Young America’s Foundation are also invited to visit the Reagan Ranch. Visits like this are normally reserved for our President’s Club members. You can become a member of President’s Club by giving a tax deductible gift of $1,000 or more. President’s Club members also have their names engraved on Freedom Wall, which you will see during your Ranch visit. For more information on visiting the Reagan Ranch, please complete this form.
The Reagan Ranch, located near Santa Barbara, California, is owned and operated by Young America’s Foundation. The Foundation is preserving the Ranch to ensure future generations understand and are inspired by Ronald Reagan’s ideas and lasting accomplishments. President Reagan owned the Ranch for 24 years until it was sold to the Foundation in 1998. In total, Ronald Reagan spent 350 days of his presidency at Rancho del Cielo.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, located in Simi Valley, California, is completely separate from the Reagan Ranch and Young America’s Foundation. The Library opened its doors in 1991, after President Reagan left office. It is one of twelve presidential libraries directed by the National Archives and Records Administration.