Young Americans for Liberty Campaign Bootcamps


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This fall, YAL will host 10 Campaign Bootcamps in key states across the country to train more than 1,000 grassroots activists in preparation for our upcoming campaign battles in 2012.

These single-day bootcamps are the the important first steps to prepare our movement for election success. The top graduates from these events will go on to work full-time and volunteer for the liberty candidates of their choice.

Attendance is a must if you are serious about winning elections and getting involved locally.

To help recruit local tea party, liberty, and conservative activists, 5 of the largest grassroots organizations in the country – Campaign for Liberty, American Majority, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, and the Leadership Institute – have joined YAL to co-sponsor all 10 events. Combined, their membership consists of over 2.2 million activists nationwide.

We expect a very large turnout at every event, so please register for a campaign bootcamp today.

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Thanks to YAL's generous donors, the registration fee to attend a Campaign Bootcamp is only $20. This includes all your training materials and lunch and dinner for the day.


What about your friends?

To encourage you to recruit your friends, family, and especially YAL chapter members, YAL is offering some sweet recruitment bonuses!  Here's the deal:

  • Earn $60:  Organize a carpool of at least 4 bootcamp attendees, including yourself
  • Earn $250:  Recruit 10 attendees to any bootcamp (have them use your full name as a project code when they register)
  • Earn a $250 activism grant AND a YAL banner for your YAL chapter:  Recruit 10 attendees from within your YAL chapter (have them use your school's name as a project code when they register)
Send your recruits here to register, and make sure they use your full name (or the name of your college if you're recruiting from within your YAL chapter) as the project code -- recruits who don't use project codes will not be counted toward your total.

* The Campaign Bootcamp in Reno, NV is part of the LPAC conference and thus has a different registration fee of $35 for students and $109 for general admission.  This fee includes the entire conference.  This event is not eligible for recruitment bonuses.

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The 10 Campaign Bootcamps are scattered throughout the country to give you the best opportunity to attend. Each training seminar is only one day, so you are not required to get a hotel room. Please find the Campaign Bootcamp nearest you and register now.

09-17-11Reno, NV (LPAC)     Register now >>
09-24-11University of California-Irvine     Register now >>
10-01-11University of New Hampshire     Register now >>
10-01-11University of Virginia     Register now >>
10-08-11University of Iowa     Register now >>
10-15-11University of Central Florida     Register now >>
10-16-11Salem College -- Winston Salem, NC     Register now >>
10-23-11University of Texas-Austin     Register now >>
10-29-11Colorado State University     Register now >>
10-29-11Louisiana State University     Register now >>

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10:00 AMIntroduction and welcome to Year of Youth: Project 2012
10:30 AMThe real nature of politics
12:00 PMLunch
12:45 PMDevelop your issues and strategy, and define your message
1:45 PMCreate your campaign plan and organize your team
2:45 PMBreak
3:00 PMVoter targeting: determine your vote goals and break down precincts
3:45 PMBuild a grassroots machine: recruit, motivate, and keep volunteers
4:30 PMBreak
4:45 PMGet out the vote: Election Day operations, absentee, and early voting
5:30 PMElements of Leadership (Guts)
6:00 PMDinner

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Steven SuttonSteven Sutton, The Leadership Institute
Steven Sutton is Vice President of Campus Programs and Development at the Leadership Institute (LI). Prior to joining LI, Sutton was a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill to four different members of Congress, helping the congressmen he served get reelected, directing their campaign strategies, messages, and voter contact programs. In addition, he has managed numerous political campaigns from city council to U.S.  Congress.
Mike RothfeldMike Rothfeld, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
Michael I. Rothfeld is President of SABER Communications, Inc. a campaign, political consulting, grass-roots organizing and direct response company located in Falmouth, Virginia.  In over twenty years of professional political activism, Mr. Rothfeld has directed grass-roots programs and fundraising for all types of organizations including PACs, educational foundations, political lobbies, political parties and campaigns.
Kirk ShelleyKirk Shelley, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
Kirk Shelley, based out of Oklahoma City, OK, is Senior Consultant for State Operations for Campaign for Liberty.  He has worked on 237 State House and Senate campaigns in 10 states and has a winning percentage of 89%.  Shelley has also worked on a number of congressional and statewide races.  In 2008, he served as Oklahoma coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign.
Dimitri KesariDimitri Kesari, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
Dimitri Kesari serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Right to Work Committee and has been active in politics since 1978.  Since the early 1990’s, Dimitri has consulted political campaigns at every level: presidential, congressional, state and local, and has lobbied or testified in 42 different state and federal legislatures.
Dudley BrownDudley Brown, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership
Dudley Brown is the executive director of the National Association for Gun Rights.  He has served as Media Director for the Colorado House of Representatives Republican Caucus and was the only professional lobbyist to endure the 9-year battle for concealed carry in CO. Brown has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Hannity & Colmes, CNBC's Geraldo Rivera, the NBC Nightly News, and more.
Matt RobbinsMatt Robbins, American Majority
Matt Robbins is the national Executive Director for American Majority. Previously, he was political director for the California Republican Party, a coalitions director on McCain-Palin 2008, and the Director of Training at the Leadership Institute. Matt has personally trained thousands of political activists nationwide and in several foreign countries.  He has worked in both state-level races and state government.
Ned RyunNed Ryun, American Majority
A former presidential writer for George W. Bush and son of former U.S. Congressman Jim Ryun, Ned Ryun is currently the President of American Majority. Ned was the co-founder and former director of the Generation Joshua program.  He earned degrees in English and History from the University of Kansas and has co-authored Heroes Among Us and The Courage to Run with his father and his twin brother, Drew.

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YAL can only host these 10 Campaign Bootcamps with your support.

Registration is only $20, so students and young people can afford to attend. Obviously, this will not cover the full cost of every training seminar. Therefore, YAL is asking you to pitch-in and sponsor one or more students.

A student sponsorship is only $35 and will provide for the meals, training, and materials for a single student.

Please consider sponsoring multiple students and contributing $70, $105, or even $350 to offset these costs.

For every $35 sponsorship sponsor you give, we will connect you with the student you supported and ask them to write you a letter about their experience. This is a specific way you can make an enormous difference for our country and in a young person's life.

Your participation in this effort is absolutely vital if we are going to succeed in 2012. Please give as much as you can.


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The mission of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is to train, educate, and mobilize youth activists committed to "winning on principle." Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates, and direction of our government.  These bootcamps are coordinated through YAL's most important program to date, Year of Youth




American Majority is a national non-profit, non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.



Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. The grassroots activists of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.




The mission of Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.



Freedom Works

FreedomWorks recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes millions of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.  FreedomWorks believes individual liberty and the freedom to compete increases consumer choices and provides individuals with the greatest control over what they own and earn.



Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.