Watch this video to see what conservatives are facing on college campuses today. This is the so-called “tolerant” left in action. This is why YAF gives our all to defend Free Speech.

Inherent to YAF’s commitment to free speech on campus is the ability to support students with legal action. This page provides capsule summaries of YAF’s ongoing legal efforts to protect and promote free speech across the country.

College and high school administrators bring their own biases to their work. Administrators also fear the controversy that sometimes follows conservative speech on campus and frequently cater to a tiny minority of highly vocal, sensationalized students. With such short-sighted vision, administrators all too often take actions that clearly violate the First Amendment.

In stark contrast, YAF is committed to preserving the free marketplace of ideas that many schools have abandoned. Free speech is one of our nation’s most cherished liberties, and YAF will always lead the good and necessary fight to safeguard our Freedom by defending the rights of young conservatives to express themselves fearlessly.
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.

YAF's Free Speech Caucus

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.

House Members: 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

Senate Members: Sen. Tom Cotton (Co-Chair), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Co-Chair), Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Mike Braun, Sen. Steve Daines

Hear from YAF's General Counsel on the power of the individual in fighting for his or her Freedom of Speech.