As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.
Have you ever gone up against “tolerant” leftists like the hecklers in this video? Maybe your situation wasn’t this dramatic, but leftist antagonism takes many forms. Administrators bring their own biases to their work and make it difficult for you to express your conservatism. Administrators (or student governments) create roadblocks to, for example, prevent you from forming a YAF Chapter, tabling for Freedom Week, or obtaining funding for an event. This leftist power trip is intended to isolate and silence you. Do not undervalue your rights – these actions are often unconstitutional. If your gut tells you your school is making something is harder than it should be, it probably is – and we are here to help.
This is why YAF gives our all to defend Free Speech: because we know you are on the front lines. And without you, our educational institutions are a total loss. We are here to ensure you can express yourself fearlessly.
YAF is already working with your fellow conservative students across the country. Take a look at the cases summarized on this page to see how other students are standing up to their schools and call us if you are facing similar constitutional violations.
Use this booklet to learn more about your First Amendment rights and how to outsmart leftist tactics!
A Students Best Resource in Promoting Free Speech
If you ask any student whether they support free speech, most will say “Yes.” In fact, a recent poll conducted by Young America’s Foundation revealed that 93% of students agreed that it is important to protect free speech.
However, when pressed further on how far they are willing to defend all speech, no matter how offensive it may be to their sensibilities, the numbers quickly change. More than half of liberal young people, 54%, supported some form of censorship to ensure that no one is offended. A Pew poll found similar results, with 40% of millennials saying they are okay with limiting speech that offends others.These results should frighten anyone who supports freedom, but the results should not surprise anyone familiar with the politically correct atmosphere that has controlled American college campuses for decades.Leftist antagonists, along with their willing accomplices in university administrations, have sought time and again to restrict conservative students’ right to voice their opinions. However, Young America’s Foundation has always pushed back against these heavy-handed administrators and liberal bullies and even challenged laws all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure free speech rights are protected.
In 2021, YAF helped persuade friendly members of the U.S. Congress to establish the Campus Free Speech Caucus in the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to help battle against the rampant leftist indoctrination that is so pervasive on campus today. These elected officials frequently ally with YAF to expand Freedom in schools, and they are a great resource for you, the people they represent.
Rep. Kat Cammack (Co-Chair),
Rep. Jim Jordan (Co-Chair),
Rep. Ted Budd,
Rep. Ben Cline,
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald,
Rep. Darrell Issa,
Rep. Greg Murphy
Sen. Tom Cotton (Co-Chair),
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Co-Chair),
Sen. Chuck Grassley,
Sen. John Boozman,
Sen. Mike Braun,
Sen. Steve Daines