HOW TO HOST BEN SHAPIRO AT YOUR SCHOOL
We will walk you through the entire process of hosting Ben Shapiro (or one of our other 70+ speakers) on your campus, and we will provide your organization with both logistical and financial support to ensure your event is a success. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2021.
Here is what you need to do in order to apply to host Ben Shapiro on your campus:
1: Requirements Needed in Order to Host Ben Shapiro
Given the limited number of engagements that Ben can accept, the following requirements MUST be met in order for your school to be considered for an event.
1. Young America’s Foundation can cover a substantial portion of Ben’s fee. However, we do require that we are the sole national sponsor of Ben’s campus events.
2. Venue must be able to accommodate between 1,500-2,500 students and community members. (Please be sure to factor in any pandemic-related attendance limitations your school may still have in place. The venue must be able to accommodate at least 1,500 in-person guests on the day of the event with no capacity restrictions or masking requirements).
3. The school must allow for the event to be streamed live by Young America’s Foundation and allow for a professional photographer to cover the lecture
4. The venue must be accessible to Young America’s Foundation staff and streaming crew all day during the event.
5. The event must be free and open to the public.
6. All announcements regarding tickets (if needed) and promotional items must be approved by Young America’s Foundation in advance.
7. Proposal submitted to Young America’s Foundation
**If at any time one of these requirements are not met or reneged on by the school, Young America’s Foundation reserves the right to re-evaluate the lecture’s feasibility.**
2: Solicit your school for funding.
Please submit this initial inquiry form for information on Ben Shapiro’s honorarium. Then, file a request for funding with your school’s student government and or student activity committee. Please note that in order to be considered for a spring 2022 date, you must submit your proposal as a Word doc or PDF with the information as outlined in step 3 below.
Many schools are happy to underwrite a parade of liberal speakers on campus, so some funding should rightly go towards conservative speakers. You should request the full amount in your school application. However, we are aware that most funding boards will not provide the full amount. Therefore, Young America’s Foundation will work to provide the balance of the funding you may not receive from your school.
We realize some schools require a tentative date from a speaker in order to receive funding. However, given the high amount of requests Shapiro receives, giving a tentative date of availability will not be possible.
3: Submit your proposal to Young America’s Foundation
Once your funding has been allocated, we ask that you submit a proposal to Young America’s Foundation as a Word document or PDF by close-of-business on December 10, 2021. Please keep in mind that you will be competing with other schools to host Ben Shapiro on campus.
For past tours, we received more than 1,500 inquiries for Ben to speak, so be sure to make your proposal compelling and underscore your club’s ability to ensure the event will be a success.
Each proposal should include:
a. Information on your club’s past activities and record of success
b. Why Ben Shapiro should speak at your school
c. Suggested dates that will work for your club. Be sure to check your school’s athletic and academic calendar to ensure the dates you select do not conflict with midterms, sporting, or other campus events
d. Expected attendance and suggested venue for the event. Images and/or a venue floor plan are helpful to include.
e. The amount you are offering toward Ben Shapiro’s honorarium
f. How much of the honorarium you are requesting Young America’s Foundation cover
g. A tentative schedule for the event including the suggested time of the lecture, club dinner, book signing or reception.
h. Your school’s current policies regarding masks and social distancing at public events.