This semester has been a very hectic one for Kansas State Young Americans for Liberty. We kicked off spring recruitment with the activities carnival the last Thursday in January, where we handed out flyers, copies of Why Liberty and Economics in One Lesson, and YAL "swag" such as bottle openers and pens.
This was followed by a YAL-U style meeting to talk about the basics of what our chapter is planning for this spring. Although the recruitment carnival was a major recruiting event (leading to over half of our members being new attendees this year), we haven't really had a "recruiting week" — we've had a recruiting semester.
After recruitment, the following week (the first week of February), we participated in School Choice Week, where we tabled on campus and asked students to voice their passion for freedom of choice in education. We also handed out some nifty yellow scarves alongside over 100 meeting flyers.
Following recruitment and school choice weeks, K-State Young Americans for Liberty packed up and drove to Washington D.C. with several other Kansas chapters to attend the International Students for Liberty Conference, hosted by Students For Liberty. We participated in several panels, applied for internships through partner organizations, and were even filmed for last week's edition of Stossel.
After that we started planning for an event that was held yesterday evening at
Very like the national convention in the summer (see #2), but on a smaller, state-based scale. Anyone who registers can attend (no admissions requirements). These will occur in Spring 2014. I've linked to the 2013 page, but the 2014 page (with different states) will be live soon!
When: Late July/early August (more details coming soon!)
Who: All attendees must apply and be admitted
Where: Arlington, VA (just outside of DC; very Metro accessible)
What: The YAL National Convention is serious business. It's not a wander-into-whatever-random-events-sound-interesting type conference; it's an intense four days with a strong focus on training for effective campus activism and political engagement. Past special guests have included Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Mike Lee, Lawrence Reed, Remy, etc. There's an exhibit hall with lots of other pro-liberty orgs represented. If accepted, you will have a lot of fun, but you will also take a lot of notes.
Cost: $30, spending money, whatever it takes to get you there. Hotel rooms, lunch & dinner, and all training costs and materials are included in the $30 registration fee. (This is a sweet deal — super affordable.)
What: More of a classic conference format than the YAL Convention. There's an exhibit hall, some main sessions, and lots of breakout sessions which you can elect to attend or skip. There's always a taping of the Stossel Show, and names like Tom Palmer, Jeffrey Tucker, and Radley Balko are lined up to speak this year.
Cost: Tickets range between $0 and $50 depending on your status as a student, etc. You will also have to pay all your transportation, hotel, and meal costs. The Hyatt where it's hosted offers a discount rate: $175/night, which comes out to like $43/night + tax if you share the room with three other people.
I’d like to preface by giving you the link to the 2014 International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC) here. At this link you will find all the information you’ll need on speakers, registration, lodging, and logistics. This blog will serve as a summary of the most important facts of the event from a YAL Chapter President and SFL Campus Coordinator:
Who: Students For Liberty, 1600+ pro-liberty students from across the globe, well-known speakers, and partner organizations
What: International Students For Liberty Conference
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Washington, DC
When: February 14-16
Why: Learn about liberty from contemporary leaders in liberty, discuss best practices for promoting liberty on campus, get more involved in the larger movement for liberty, and enjoy a massive celebration of freedom.
This year's ISFLC was the largest one yet, with more than 1500 registered attendees, which introduced YAL to many new student activists!
We had plenty of students attend our eight breakout sessions — which ranged from our extraordinarily popular Ladies' Panel to a session with Rep. Justin Amash — and visit our table:
As part of our Free Markets 101 kit, we advertised our giant "Jenganomics" game, which is designed to help students illustrate the flaws of wealth redistribution. The game was a huge hit and was knocked over more times than I could count. It's popularity at ISFLC 2013 and on campuses nationwide indicates it will be an extremely useful tool for recruiting new members and illustrating free market ideas.
We also prominently featured "Pin the Drone on the War Zone" as part of our Generation of War kit, which intrigued many students who passed by our table:
Saturday evening, we celebrated during Happy Hour at Rocket Bar in Chinatown, just a few blocks away from the conference. We also brought back our extremely popular photo booth this year, complete with props and an unlimited amount of professional photos for ISFLC 2013 attendees:
Want to see your photo booth picture from ISFLC 2013? Check out our Facebook page to find yours!
Thanks again to Students for Liberty, all our amazing breakout session speakers, and the hundreds of pro-liberty students who converged on DC to make an amazing conference weekend!
YAL's Bonnie Kristian (that's me), FreedomWorks' Julie Borowski, and Reason Magazine's Cathy Reisenwitz spoke on YAL's 'Girls! Girls! Girls!: Marketing Libertarianism to Women' panel at Students For Liberty's ISFLC 2013. Moderated by the Ladies of Liberty Alliance's Nena Bartlett, the three panelists discussed how to attract more women to the liberty movement, as well as how to bring the principles to the public at large. The room was packed—standing room only—with ISFLC attendees!
This past weekend, YAL was honored to be a Partner Organization at the 2012 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC.
More than 1,000 students were in attendence, and many of them packed into each of YAL's eight breakout sessions, which covered topics from earning media to the best way to convert the whole country to the philosophy of liberty.
The most popular session by far featured freshman Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI)! Rep. Amash's speech packed the room well over capacity, and even after the session lasted 15 minutes longer than scheduled, students were still following this principled young congressman out the door to ask him questions about his political career!
On Friday evening, YAL's after party at Microsoft's DC HQ was a huge hit too. Unfortunately, some ISFLC attendees had to be turned away at the door because the party was so busy!
At both the party and YAL's booth at the conference, a full-size, professional photo-booth covered with YAL's logo and offering unlimited photos with a box of hilrious props was extremely popular. See the photo results here!
YAL Executive Director Jeff Frazee and Corey Hubbard, a member of the spring intern class, pose with props from the photo-booth at the ISFLC.
YAL Director of Communications Bonnie Kristian (yours truly) and Northwest Regional Director Mikayla Hall take a turn in the photo-booth.