It was an action-packed summer of conservatism activism here at Young America’s Foundation. From legal victories to conferences, here are some of our summer highlights:
Over 1,300 participants attended YAF’s 41st Annual National Conservative Student Conference in Washington, D.C.
Young people from all across the United States—and even from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada—descended on our nation’s capital to attend Young America’s Foundation’s signature summer conference.
Students were on the edge of their seats focused on hearing from Vice President Mike Pence; Governor Scott Walker; National Security Advisor John Bolton; Daily Wire host Michael Knowles; war hero Lt. Col. Allen West; pro-life champion Lila Rose; Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton, and Rick Scott; Congresswoman Mia Love; Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy; Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow; Princeton professor Dr. Robert George; economist Dr. Walter Williams; New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer; historian Dr. Burt Folsom; CEO Andy Puzder…the list goes on and on!
These students heard from more conservative speakers in one week than they will hear from throughout their entire education.
YAF’s National Journalism Center summer class published more than 700 articles
This summer at the National Journalism Center, 32 aspiring journalists learned from prominent reporters and conservative leaders, all while receiving hands-on experience at national outlets including Fox News, USA Today, the Daily Caller, the Washington Times, and WMAL radio. The class published more than 700 articles during the 12-week session, producing almost 22 bylines per student on average. Students also participated in an investigative journalism program, as well as a weekend-long seminar on video “boot camp,” to further enhance their portfolios. Half of the students will continue to write, research, and edit for their publications this fall as they head back to school, and three graduates were hired immediately upon completing the program.
YAF wins key First Amendment case against University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) agreed to a settlement in the case of Young Americans for Freedom v University of Florida. Prior to filing suit, school policy required all students to pay a mandatory Activity and Service fee. But school policy disparately impacted the UF YAF chapter by denying conservative students equal access to funding for conservative speakers, while leftist student groups were automatically funded and could use that funding to bring leftist speakers on campus. As part of the settlement, the University of Florida has agreed to pay $66,000 in damages to the University of Florida Young Americans for Freedom chapter. In addition, UF will change a school policy that unconstitutionally discriminated against conservative students— denying them equal access to university resources.
Freedom fighters are ready to go back to school armed with knowledge and bravery to fight for conservative values. Here is just a taste of some of the exciting events YAF has in store for the fall:
9/11: Never Forget Project
Since Young America’s Foundation launched the 9/11: Never Forget Project in 2003, more than 11 million American flags have been placed in hundreds of memorials, and it has grown to become the largest nationwide campus initiative in America. So far, more than 160 high schools and colleges have signed up to participate in this year’s project, with the number growing everyday.
High School Free Enterprise Leaders Conference and Road to Freedom Seminar