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Senator Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles are coming to campuses across the country with their #1 hit podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz, exclusively through Young America’s Foundation!

Bring this chart-topping show to your campus, and join Senator Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles as they take you behind the scenes of the debates that are defining our country and answer your questions live on campus.

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    We will walk you through the entire process of hosting Verdict with Ted Cruz (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.

    Here is what you need to do in order to apply to host Verdict with Ted Cruz on your campus:

    1: Logistical requirements:

    Given the limited number of engagements available for this unique program, the following requirements MUST be met in order for your school to be considered for an event.

    • Young America’s Foundation can cover a substantial portion of the event’s fee. However, we do require that we are the sole national sponsor of these campus events
    • Venue must be able to accommodate up to 500 students and community members
    • 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
    • Speakers must not be forced to wear masks during presentation
    • The venue must be available exclusively to Young America’s Foundation staff and streaming crew for the entire day of the event with no exceptions
    • The event must be free and open to the public
    • All announcements regarding tickets (if needed) and promotional items must be approved by Young America’s Foundation in advance
    • Proposal must be submitted to Young America’s Foundation no later than Thursday, September 15, 2022

    **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: Submit your inquiry here:

    Click here to inquire about hosting Verdict with Ted Cruz at your school

    3: Solicit your school for funding:

    After submitting an inquiry to YAF, you will 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 fall 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 both Senator Cruz’s and Michael Knowles’ busy schedule, giving a tentative date of availability will not be possible.

    4: 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. Please keep in mind that you will be competing with other schools to host Verdict with Ted Cruz on campus.

    Please provide the current mask and social distancing policy for events at your school.

    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:

    • Information on your club’s past activities and record of success
    • Why Verdict with Ted Cruz should appear at your school
    • 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
    • Expected attendance and suggested venue for the event. Images and/or a venue floor plan are helpful to include
    • The amount you are offering toward Verdict with Ted Cruz‘s honorarium
    • How much of the honorarium you are requesting Young America’s Foundation cover
    • A tentative schedule for the event including the suggested time of the lecture, club dinner, book signing or reception