“Young America’s Foundation is on the frontlines of the free speech battle” —Ben Shapiro

This has never been truer than in 2018, and it led to quite the year!

From the University of Southern California to American University and from Minnesota to Georgia, Young America’s Foundation has been the #1 champion of conservative ideas across the country.

As 2018 comes to a close, take a look back at some key moments from this remarkable year.

1. YAF beat Berkeley

Young America’s Foundation scored a landmark victory for free speech everywhere through our lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley. No longer can Berkeley discriminate against conservatives or impose unconstitutional policies on conservative speakers.

2. More than 1,000 attended YAF’s 40th annual National Conservative Student Conference

With speakers including White House officials, New York Times bestselling authors, leading professors, and U.S. Senators, YAF’s flagship summer conference aired on C-SPAN and its 100 million households across the country.

3. Young America’s Foundation successfully sued Kennesaw State University, forcing the school to rescind its discriminatory policies

Thanks to the courageous Young Americans for Freedom activists who refused to back down, school administrators at KSU no longer possess unbridled discretion to impose exorbitant fees on speakers with whom they disagree or subjectively and arbitrarily deem “controversial.

4. We celebrated two decades of preserving President Reagan’s beloved Rancho del Cielo

Underscoring the importance of the Reagan Ranch and its role in American history, many of today’s conservative leaders reflected on Rancho del Cielo and Young America’s Foundation’s stewardship of this historic, Presidential property.

5. Dinesh D’Souza partnered with Young America’s Foundation to launch the #FakeHistory Debunked lecture series

Young America’s Foundation is the leading group bringing D’Souza’s ideas to thousands of students on campus and millions more online, breaking up the monopoly of ideas enforced by leftists on campus.

6. A record number of high school students passed through Young America’s Foundation’s high school programs

Through six fully-subscribed high school conferences at the Reagan Ranch and in Washington, D.C., more than 600 high school activists learned from leading conservatives and policymakers and returned to their schools ready to bring conservative activism back to hotbeds of liberalism.

7. Student activists nationwide made a bold stand for the right to keep and bear arms

Young Americans for Freedom chapters across the country didn’t let the media and public officials stop them as they championed the importance of the Second Amendment to protect them at school, at home, and in their communities.

8. Andrew Klavan and Michael Knowles brought a dose of reality to America’s campuses with their new lecture series

YAF announced two new lecture tours with Klavan and Knowles to bring ideological diversity and create a free and open exchange of ideas.

9. The Los Angeles Times hailed YAF as “one of the most preeminent, influential” forces in the Conservative Movement

The LA Times highlighted Young America’s Foundation’s work to protect and preserve President Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo as a lasting monument to our 40th President’s character and achievements. “Rancho del Cielo has allowed the Foundation’s reach to transcend generations,” the article noted.

10. Alongside our bold activists, Young America’s Foundation held schools all across the country accountable for their unfair treatment and suppression of conservative speech

From Ohio State University to the University of Pittsburgh to the University of Minnesota, Young America’s Foundation never backed down when it came to defending the tried-and-true principles of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

As we celebrate the successes and victories of the past year, we look forward to all that our students will accomplish in 2019!

View Comments