As President Trump signs an executive order supporting the First Amendment rights of students nationwide, more than a dozen YAF activists will be present for this new development in Young America’s Foundation’s ongoing work to defend students’ rights. For years, YAF has had the privilege to stand with our bold student activists as they fight back against discrimination from college and university administrators.

When it comes to constitutional rights, no student group has done more than Young America’s Foundation to defend free speech on high school and college campuses. In addition to our victory over UC Berkeley, Young America’s Foundation successfully defended the God-given right to free expression and free assembly against censorious administrators at the University of Texas–AustinKennesaw State University, the University of Virginia, and California State University–Los Angeles, to name a few. Along with these recent victories, Young America’s Foundation is currently engaged in lawsuits defending the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of students at the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida.

In addition, Young America’s Foundation leads the Conservative Movement in exposing the motivations and actions of administrators who seek to suppress conservative expression—using their own words—through YAF’s trailblazing Censorship Exposed project.

YAF has spent decades raising awareness—both in federal court and in the court of public opinion—of these gross violations of constitutional rights carried out by campus leftists. President Trump’s executive order protecting free speech builds upon his administration’s ongoing backing of YAF’s relentless fight for freedom.

From a statement of interest filed by the Department of Justice in YAF v. Napolitano to Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education’s work to roll back Obama-era guidelines and limit the government’s control over educational options for students, the Trump Administration continues to highlight and elevate the vitally important work of Young America’s Foundation.

“Since his inauguration, President Trump and his administration have shown significant interest and support for the work of Young America’s Foundation and our student activists,” noted Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown. “We are especially optimistic and honored to have the President building upon the work of Young America’s Foundation to protect First Amendment rights on campuses across the nation.”

Young America’s Foundation is proud of the following students who’ve worked with YAF to defend their constitutional freedoms and who will be attending this Thursday’s signing ceremony:

Grant Strobl, YAF National ChairmanNotre Dame Law School

Will PaltzUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Kate WestaUniversity of Michigan

Sarah LongUniversity of Florida

Danny WeldonUniversity of Florida

Connor BrintonGrand Canyon University

Jaime HahnKennesaw State University

Abby StreuUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

Regina BartonUniversity of Cincinnati

Max BrandonUniversity of Southern California

Matt RonnauUniversity of California–Berkeley

Lauren SagvoldWhitworth University

Kevin McMahonUniversity of Virginia

Mark KahandingCalifornia State University–Los Angeles

Tyler ToomeySUNY Oswego


For additional information or to request an interview contact Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown via sbrown@yaf.org or 800-872-1776.