Whether you have been in a Young Americans for Freedom chapter for years, are just getting involved in one, or you’re new to the Conservative Movement, you can now become a member of Young Americans for Freedom!

Students who are 13 and up and enrolled full-time in school are welcome to join YAF. Once you become a YAFer, you will receive*:

      1. A welcome packet that includes a free t-shirt and other YAF Swag

      2. Your own membership card

      3. A free copy of “The Eleven Principles of a Reagan Conservative” by Paul Kengor

      4. Opportunities to attend unique, member-only events at YAF conferences and retreats

      5. First opportunities and discounts to register for key YAF conferences and other programs

Becoming a member is free and once you sign up you do not need to renew, ever!

*International students are welcome to apply, but may receive a modified pack to ensure compliance with international customs. Some items may vary.

  • Rayna Laakso

    With YAF I am able to bring ideas that diversify Rocky Mountain College and educate students on the values of freedom and limited government. In this critical time, I am able to stand for the truth and lead others to promote freedom because of YAF. Additionally, our chapter is given the opportunity to hear from the most popular conservative speakers around the country – even all the way in Montana. ~Rayna Laakso, Rocky Mountain College

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    Through YAF, I have been able to bring Conservative speakers and ideas to my campus to hundreds of students who may have never heard a Conservative viewpoint. YAF is a tremendous resource for any student hoping to share those ideas with others and inspire change on campus. ~James Smith, The Ohio State University

  • Brooke Cupicca Western Washington University

    On a campus that is predominantly Liberal, Conservative voices are silenced because of a biased ideology. YAF continually encourages students to use their First Amendment Rights and stand up for what is right. I decided to get involved in YAF because I was tired of conservative values vanishing on campuses, and I wanted to make a difference with my fellow peers. ~Brooke Cupicca, Western Washington University

  • Daniel Barron1

    YAF has transformed my life, from traveling across the United States, to hearing from world-renowned Conservative speakers, to creating life-long friendships. YAF has given me the tools necessary to inspire others to preserve the time tested conservative values that make this country great! ~Daniel Barron, California State University-Los Angeles

  • Miranda Spindt Marquette University

    I joined YAF freshman year and I quickly realized how much they have to offer. The resources and support they give students every step of the way is unmatched. I have learned so much from them about how to be an effective leader and activist and I am so proud to be part of YAF. ~Miranda Spindt, Marquette University

  • Tony Proulx

    Diversity of viewpoint and discussion is one of the essentials to keeping a society together from UMD to the country as a whole. Through YAF, it has not only become a second home to me, but an organization I was able to see grow from my very eyes when I founded the chapter. It is truly one of the best student organizations where students are able to hear viewpoints atypical on a college campus, especially conservative ones, and learn and facilitate discussions around difficult but important issues today. ~Tony Proulx, University of Maryland

  • Phillip Smith

    No other conservative organization can offer the same level of individual development that YAF boasts. The conferences, seminars, and speaking events Young Americans for Freedom organizes empower us to be activists and to better capture the hearts and minds of our peers. ~Phillip Smith, University of Florida

  • aleva

    I wanted to start a YAF Chapter at my high school, because I noticed that the student body had very minimal exposure to conservatism. The vast majority of my school thought negatively about conservatives due to the preposterous lies that the “Lame-stream Media” fed to them, and I wanted to change that. I wanted to educate my peers on what the true values of a patriotic conservative are, and still continue to do so. ~ Alex Leva, Cristo Rey St. Martin High School

  • Reed Olsen

    YAF has given me the ability to meet incredible speakers and network with other conservatives nationwide. It has given me the resources to generate a higher level of activism on campus, primarily through the avenues of new ideas and a greater connection to the national conservative movement. ~Reed Olsen, Texas A&M

  • Charles Klapatauskas 2

    Unlike other conservative organizations, YAF makes clear and intense strides to promote true conservatism for students at all Universities, and it creates true culture + policy changes on campus. The media attention YAF created will have a profound impact on not only this issue, but our campus issues as a whole. ~Charles Klapatauskas, Iowa State University

What They Are Saying

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

Speaking for YAF is one of the great honors of my life — and it’s a blast to see students all over the country and discuss the vision of conservatism with them.” 

Senator Tim Scott

Senator Tim Scott

I applaud the Young America’s Foundation for advancing the mission of inspiring the youth of America with the ideas  of individual freedom, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.” 

Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence

It’s remarkable to think about the Young America’s Foundation’s history and contributions not just to my small life but to the conservative Movement itself and to the entire country. Since its founding in 1960, YAF has been a bulwark of American greatness.” 

President Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan & YAF President Ron Robinson

“America is better off with leadership that reflects the philosophy, the principles, and the aspirations of Young Americans for Freedom.” 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Senator Marsha Blackburn

For the past 50 years, Young America’s Foundation has worked diligently to become the conservative movement’s finest outreach organization.” 

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