History of YAL
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the continuation of Students for Ron Paul (SFP), a division of Ron Paul's 2008 campaign for President. In less than 8 months, SFP established over 500 college and high school chapters in all 50 states, and over 26,000 students joined the Ron Paul 2008 campaign.
Founded by former SFP Director Jeff Frazee in December of 2008, YAL is building upon the foundation established by the Ron Paul campaign to advance the youth liberty movement.
In April of 2009, YAL held its first major campus event at Wake Forest University, when the school's YAL chapter hosted Congressman Ron Paul. 1,300 people showed up at the university's chapel to hear Dr. Paul speak on a wide range of topics. As impressive as the event was, it was only the beginning.
From 2009 onward, the organization's growth exploded. YAL went from 150 chapters at the end of 2009 to 600 chapters as of April 2015, and now 900 chapters in 2017. The organization also has built an extensive social media reach, with over 594,000 "likes" on Facebook, a maximum facebook reach of 11.8 million, and 46,000 followers on Twitter.
In addition to an increase in sheer numbers, YAL also has augmented the depth of its membership with annual state and national conventions. For example, the 2014 YAL National Convention brought together 325 top youth leaders from more than 220 campuses representing all 50 different states.
All of this growth of course leads to one question –– how? The answer is two-fold.
First, YAL has consistently engaged in relevant activism that has caught the eyes of Americans everywhere. Our programs such as "Visualize the Debt" and "War on YOUth" have garnered national media attention, as have our state and national conventions. Not only this, but chapters have made headlines in their local media from Hawaii to Tennessee to New Mexico and beyond.
The second factor driving YAL's growth has nothing to do with the organization in and of itself. Rather, it is simply that the message of liberty resonates with young Americans. In fact, when asked how they identify politically on a wide-range of issues, more people responded "libertarian" than ever before.
While we are proud of our history, it is still exactly that - history. YAL now looks to the future as we aim to increase the size and scope of our network, all while expanding liberty on college campuses around the nation.