Youth Activists Rally at 2014 YAL National Convention

August 8, 2014 – I write this piece just days removed from one of the greatest experiences of my14668123779_0668eb2e3a_z life—the 2014 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention. From July 30 to Aug. 30, we gathered 325 young liberty activists in Arlington, VA for four days of networking, education, training, and fun! It was our biggest and best National Convention yet—the youth liberty movement is truly growing at an astounding rate!

I cannot tell you how motivating it was to see hundreds of youth activists getting pumped up at the mention of ideas like sound money, foreign non-intervention, ending the drug war, and an audit of the Federal Reserve!

If you’d like to see pictures from the convention, feel free to check out the YAL Flickr page, where photographer Gage Skidmore has posted his photos from the big event.

We had a ton of media coverage of the convention. Here are just a few links to some of the press that covered the event: TIME Magazine, USA Today, CNN, Slate and CNSNews.

I’m sure you’ve already seen the post here at Voices of Liberty with footage of Ron Paul’s address — the perfect finale to an amazing week! While he was definitely the crowd favorite, he was far from the only speaker at our event. Others included Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie, Jack Hunter, Lawrence Reed, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and many, many more.

But the convention was far more than a parade of amazing speakers. Attendees also got top activism training on a variety of topics. I got to personally lead a training session on Advanced Communications where I taught our members about how to effectively write emails and gain press for their YAL chapters. Other training sessions focused on topics like fundraising, running meetings, campus elections, and making sure YAL chapters thrive after their founders graduate.

Aside from the speakers and training, this was an amazing networking event. Our National Convention brought together our top leaders—such as chapter leaders and state chairs—to share ideas with one another about what has worked at YAL chapters around the country. We even hosted a special regional networking lunch where leaders from the same region gathered together to strategize for the upcoming semester.

With our 2014 National Convention behind me, I can honestly say that I am more inspired than ever, and more certain than ever that our movement is growing at an astounding rate. Make sure to stay tuned for updates about how our members are taking the lessons they learned at our National Convention back to their campuses this fall!