Testimonials & Quotes
Through YAF, I have learned essential leadership traits such as resilience, courage, and enthusiasm. Perhaps most importantly, YAF has given me a group of people that I consider family, and that I know I will continue to be close with them for the rest of my life.
—Aimee Triana, The George Washington University
YAF staff is amazing! You’ll never have a more qualified and caring staff.
—Mark Kahanding, California State University – Los Angeles
<br/>Making my way around the 300+ tables at the student organization fair my freshman year, one table stood out to me: a group of energetic, patriotic college students coupled with huge posters of Ronald Reagan and ‘I love Capitalism’ stickers. I knew this group was where I belonged after talking with them for just a few minutes, learning all about what exactly YAF was: the leading conservative movement on GW’s campus.
—Kara Zupkus, The George Washington University
Within days of the conference and with tremendous support from Young America’s Foundation, I founded High Point University’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. From involvement in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, Freedom Week, and the potential for bringing speakers to campus, membership for this new chapter grew instantaneously. In many ways, YAF is home to the conservative student.
—Hannah Huemme, High Point University
I am incredibly grateful for the more than five years of continuous support and guidance that YAF has been able to give me. Some of my best friends in the entire world have been made by attending conferences, working on activism projects, and by being engaged in the Conservative movement, and none of it would be possible without the selfless support that is given every day to to thousands of students just like me. Without a doubt, becoming involved in YAF has unquestionably been one of the greatest things to ever happen to me.
—Joe Ballard, University of Alabama
YAF’s staff made my starting a chapter easy. They did everything they possibly could to help guide me through the terra incognita on which I was now proceeding. Through that aid, and through attending various conferences, I felt empowered. I no longer felt that I had to hide my conservatism from my peers and professors; on the contrary, in fact, I felt it my proud duty to promulgate my ideas as loudly and persuasively as possible.
—Ross Dubberly, University of Georgia
More importantly, YAF has taught me to be brave. It’s not easy to stand up to professors or friends, but my experience with YAF is that if I don’t say something, no one will.
—Shannon Bell, The George Washington University
New York Post
Their editorial board published a strong statement of support for the University of Wisconsin Young Americans for Freedom, saying YAF is a “Reaganite bunch” that is “spreading love of free markets and other conservative ideas.”
YAF is a key pillar of the conservative Movement.
“Young Americans for Freedom, a nationwide activism group founded by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. back in the 1960s.”