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!
On Tuesday, September 15 Young Americans for Liberty South Carolina State Chair, Brett Harris, along with field representatives from the Leadership Institute, Emily Larsen and Allen Clarke, came to Winthrop University’s campus to help (or should I say show) me table and assist in adding members to our group that is just starting out.
Coincidentally, there was a Volunteer Fair on campus the same day that was attracting students, so we decided to set up just past the tables for the fair. We were in luck as this ended up being the perfect place to catch the predominant amount of foot traffic of students just getting out of class. With the tremendous help from Brett, Emily, and Allen we were able gain over 45 signatures to our mailing list. While this may seem like a small feat to some, my campus is fairly small (~5,000 undergraduates) and has a very strong liberal presence, so this was a very good turn out for us. Recently, I’ve been conversing with a few potential leaders (and more to come) with hopes of having our first meeting within the next week or two.
I truly want to stress how helpful everyone from the Leadership Institute, as well as Brett Harris has been. I urge everyone who is starting out or who feels their group has hit a plateau to reach out to the Leadership Institute as well as your respective State Chairs, they’re here to help us and they’re certainly good at what they do.
On Thursday October 1, Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Central Missouri held our first recruitment drive.
We had a great turnout, with a total of 32 sign ups! We had our informational meeting on Tuesday October 6, as of now we have had only one new member sign up but have as many as eight possible new sign ups. This is big for our chapter and we are hoping for more to come in the months to follow!
With the help of our strong leadership team, YAL at University of Iowa has gained over 75 new sign-ups this fall to help strengthen the love for liberty on our campus.
Our main recruiting drive was during the Fall Activities Fair, an event hosted by our Campus Activities Board in the Iowa Memorial Union and attended by nearly 1,000 students. This event is crucial for recruiting, as it is attended largely by freshmen who are searching for a group that fits his or her's interests.
We have one table where we hand out Constitutions and other Liberty goodies and brave clipboard roamers who are quite good at striking up conversation.
Our YAL chapter has grown considerably over recent years due to our commitment to continually grow our group.
This past Thursday, the American University chapter of Young Americans for Liberty had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Will Ruger – Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute – for a discussion on current American foreign policy. The event was a great success, and the chapter was excited to see such a large turnout.
Dr. Ruger briefly illustrated three chronological periods in US history with very different perspectives of foreign policy. He contended that in the current post-Cold War era, the US has emerged as the world’s hegemon, which has prompted many on both sides of the political spectrum to support an interventionist foreign policy. Borrowing from history Dr. Ruger dissected the current argument for US primacy, and instead offered a more neutral approach that would benefit more Americans.
After Dr. Ruger had finished, he took several questions from the audience. Attendees were curious about the rise of groups like ISIS, the success of US-led democracy building in places like Japan, and the relevance of organizations like NATO.
We were very please with the great event, and would like to thank Dr. Ruger for an excellent discussion!
On September 17, we held our Constitution day at St. Petersburg College.
The weather tried to damper our plans of a free speech wall, so I ended up making the free speech shirt and had student express their freedom of speech on me! I went around and found huge success by thinking on my feet to keep the dream alive on campus that students can celebrate, and express their free speech on campus.
Overall, we gave out over 100 pocket constitutions, So I can say mission accomplished that Young Americans for Liberty St.Petersburg college loves the Constitution.