Salem College’s Young Americans for Liberty had a late start this semester due to most of our members interning at nonprofits, law firms, and studying abroad this January. However, a January off campus did not stop us from having a productive February of spreading liberty.
We were all able to meet through conference calls to make a game plan for the month of February. It has been Salem YAL’s busiest month so far due to our monthly meetings, YAL State Conferences, Scholarship Weekend, and the International Students for Liberty Conference.
Our first activity was the YAL North Carolina Conference, which allowed for our members to learn how to run campaigns and get inspired by some of the top liberty leaders of North Carolina. The Salem women that attended enjoyed being able to connect with other liberty leaning students in North Carolina, and their experiences made the other members that couldn't attend very jealous.
Dinner after YAL North Carolina State Convention
Fortunately for the other members, we had one more conference the next week: ISFLC. We packed up our cars and headed up north for an unforgettable weekend. Many of our members took advantage of the opportunities provided by Students For Liberty to be featured on Television, attend dinners with donors and speakers, as well as conversed with keynote speakers.
Deirdre McCloskey at ISFLC
Vicente Fox at ISFLC
These great conferences gave Salem women the upper hand when it came to spring recruitment during our scholarship weekend. This weekend brings over 100 high school seniors to Salem to be interviewed for academic scholarships and to experience what it's like to be a Salem woman. Salem YAL was able to communicate with the amazing scholarship applicants about how much fun we had over the past few weeks and what opportunities YAL and the liberty movement have provided for us over the years.
The scholarship applicants also loved the YAL freebies we handed out with our contact information. These women may still be in high school, but attracting women from day one has always been our strength. We even had a few current students ask to join YAL and attend conferences with us next year due to them hearing about us through the scholarship applicants they were housing for the weekend.
Outside of conferences and recruitment, Salem YAL was able to have a guest speaker and a viewing party for the Stossel show that was recorded at ISFLC. Elliot Engstrom of Civitas Institute, came and spoke to us about the liberty leaning law firm that he works for as well as future opportunities for our members. It was great to have a YAL alumnus to come tell us about his liberty experiences and how far it got him in life.
Our Stossel viewing party went great as well. Many of our members were freaking out to see each other on TV asking questions and popping up occasionally in the background.
It is safe to say that Salem YAL had a very productive and exciting month. It really got all of our members and some of the Salem community motivated about the future of our club.