At the beginning of September, we had our very first recruitment drive at our school's annual Organization Fair. Over 100 student orgs were represented there, but the YAL table still got plenty of traffic, mostly curious incoming freshmen.
We were able to engage with many of them and talk about YAL and the ideas of liberty. Some had even heard of YAL before and were quite enthusiastic about getting involved!
Overall we got about 25 sign-ups for the club. We've been having regular Thursday meetings with moderate success in getting people involved. It's been an uphill battle fighting against the general apathy on campus, but we went out and tabled again last Thursday to engage with even more students. After plotting most of them on our political views chart, we found that most were left-leaning or more centrist. Still, we had a great time learning what issues were most important to people and finding common ground.
We're still just getting started this semester, and our numbers are slowly but surely growing. I expect that our chapter will experience a surge of life this year.
Last Thursday, the members of YAL at CMU hosted a table in their school's library encouraging passers-by to celebrate their #MOPrivilege.
Missouri college students are some of the most privileged in the nation, as the Show-Me state is one of only two states in the whole nation to have passed a law banning unconstitutional free speech zones and codes on college campuses.
Curious students were encouraged to put their signatures on an open letter to Governor Jay Nixon thanking him for standing up for Missouri college student's right to free speech!
In the letter, we also thanked Jay Nixon for being a principled and liberty-living Governor. Soon, we hope other state legislatures and governors can follow his example and spread the #MOPrivilege to the entire country!
On Wednesday, October 7 Young Americans for Liberty State Chair Matt Cannizzo came up to Madison to show us how to table and to get the Madison Area Technical College Truax chapter off the ground.
We set up in the cafeteria where we thought would be the most prime spot. The first half of the day was pretty slow but to our surprise it was karaoke day in the lounge area next to the cafeteria.
We were coincidentally located right outside said lounge and we got much more traffic. We pulled students in with the worlds shortest political quiz and asked what they were most passionate about. Luckily, we met a few individuals who would be perfect for leadership positions within the chapter. We will be holding our follow up meeting next week.
I have high hopes for the MATC Truax campus. They have generous transfer program to the University of Wisconsin schools and I believe MATC is a strategic point in the spread of Liberty and freedom in Wisconsin.
YAL at UW Madison had a great starting week! Tuesday saw chalking the sidewalks all around campus. We hit up the areas around the dorms as well as large pathways that showcased beautiful Madison scenery.
The next day we set up a tabling event at a dining center near the residence halls. We handed out pocket constitutions, cards about how to interact with the police, but most importantly, we had really good conversations with people. Self-ownership is a concept that people know, but don't always fully understand. Our recruitment drive helped many to critically think about issues, including the War on Drugs and gun rights, and specifically how it pertains to self ownership and inalienable rights.
Finally, we hosted our first kick off meeting the night after the recruitment drive with success! We had freshman to seniors all show up to learn more about YAL and how to advance liberty on campus.
It was a great start to what is going to be the best year yet for our chapter!
On Thursday, October 1, South Carolina State Chair, Brett Harris, paied the Tri-County YAL Chapter a visit.
After attending our weekly meeting, Brett and a founding member of the Tri-County chapter, Logan Burton, were able to set up a table in a prime spot on campus, directly in front of the cafeteria. We represented YAL in a great way, and the proof is in the signups.
In the fairly short amount of time that the guys were able to take in an entire page of signups, sure to contain the names of future Liberty fighters!
On Wednesday, October 7, Temple University's YAL Chapter set out to the Bell Tower. With us, we had a box full of Sharpies and a six foot wide beach ball. Rolling around a massive beach ball around the streets of North Philadelphia made quite a stir. Within a minute we were the center of attention. Almost immediately, there were tons of people crowded around the Free Speech Ball. Everyone was so excited to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Many students asked why we were doing this. We explain what Young Americans for Liberty is, and our mission. We want to bring awareness to our rights that are protected by the Constitution. In the three hours we were out there, hundreds of people stopped by to write on the ball. Many of those people told us that they never really stopped to think about how the Constitution protects their rights and we were more than happy to serve as the reminder!
Overall, the event was a great success! We loved watching our fellow Temple Owls exercise their 1st Amendment Rights. This event allowed us to spread Liberty on campus and grow our YAL Chapter! We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our chapter!
Last week Xavier University’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter got students talking about the country’s $18 trillion national debt by putting on a Drowning in Debt Dunk Tank thanks to a generous grant from the Leadership Institute.
As classes began for the day, student activists were outside asking students what they knew about the country’s national debt. Answers received range from, “It’s a lot” to confused looks or laughter to accurate and enthusiastic “It’s $18.3 trillion!”
At the end of the six hour event, the chapter had talked with over 300 students, were dunked over 50 times, and got more than 70 sign ups! Two days later, the chapter held a meeting where students discussed the national debt and how it effects millennials and college students.
The event drew so much attention that it and our chapter were featured in the university’s newspaper. This fun event was able to not only recruit new members for our chapter, but also solidify the membership that we already had from our first Recruitment Drive and Constitution Day.
With October coming up, the chapter is beginning to enhance the understanding of liberty and the recruiting skills of its current membership in addition to plan for a Civil Liberties graveyard event at the end of the month.
The YAL Chapter at the University of Utah got off to a great start, seeing tremendous success with its Fall Membership Drive.
On Wednesday, August 26, YAL members set up a table and spoke with passing students about the Liberty Movement and invited them to join if they were interested. After almost four hours of tabling, a total of 118 students expressed interest in receiving more information about the upcoming “Welcome Meeting/Social.”
Many of these students were already familiar with the Liberty Movement but had previously been unaware that an organization like YAL was present on campus. These students expressed desire to help with the YAL chapter and even serve in a leadership role in the chapter.
On October 6 we spent the afternoon tabling in our Student Union. We had our basic YAL tabling supplies displayed on our table, along with fliers for our upcoming Second Amendment project.
We were joined by a member of the Leadership Institute, who helped us collect signups. We had three members who stayed at the table and tried to attract passing traffic.
At the same time we had people clip boarding out in the dining section of our student union. If the people clip boarding encountered people who had additional questions about the club they would bring them to the table so that we could talk to them more and give them extra literature on what we stand for.
At the end of our tabling we collected over 40 signatures! Our chapter was extremely excited with the amount of success we had and we will look to build off of that in the future weeks.
On the 22 of September, members of the Young Americans for Liberty at UCLA braved the California sun to pull off a successful recruitment effort at UCLA's Enormous Activities Fair.
To attract students to our booth, we utilized the trusted political spectrum chart and the world's shortest political quiz. Our members invited students to take a quick minute to determine their political philosophy using the quiz, and we then placed their scores on the chart. More often than not, students were surprised at how libertarian they scored, as they had previously thought themselves to be solidly left-leaning!
The results were very encouraging, as we amassed more than 100 sign-ups and identified a handful of potential leaders of our chapter. Upon follow-up with our sign-ups, we were able to attract double-digit attendance at our first weekly meeting (on September 30) - our highest turnout in years.
YAL at UCLA looks forward to a strong quarter filled with activism, socials, and liberty!