Announcing the Government Gone Wild: Spring Break with the TSA Contest Winners!

Competition is one of the central tenets of our philosophy:

Competitors aim at exellence and preeminence in accomplishments within a system of mutual cooperation. – Ludwig Von Mises

That is why with every YAL national activism project, we include an incentive for chapters to compete.  For Government Gone Wild: Spring Break with the TSA, that incentive was:

  • First Prize:  $500
  • Second Prize:  $350
  • Third Prize: $200

Here is the criteria that we consider when selecting winners:

  • Most new recruits to join your chapter and the national organization
  • Best recruitment table/display 
  • Best informational or first meeting
  • Most creative and effective ways to get out information
Of course, since we can’t be there for each and every activism event on campus, your documentation of your event (blog post, pictures, video) plays a huge role in our ability to determine if your chapter is deserving of a prize.  You will never win an activism event without good documentation!
We wanted to mix things up a little for this contest so in addition to the ususal criteria, we gave members the opportunity to vote for their favorite event.  Winners were then chosen by a combination of vote totals and fulfullment of the criteria spelled out above.  
So who are the winners of the Government Gone Wild Activism Contests?  Drum roll, please…
1st Place:  University of Kansas
The University of Kansas YAL chapter had a tremendous showing for the Government Gone Wild Activism Project.  Despite less than desirable weather they held an effective tabling campaign and reached out to many of their fellow students.  Most importantly they documented their events with lots of fun pictures and were even interviewed by their on-campus TV station.
See their entire report here!
2st Place:  University of Central Florida
The folks at UCF had a huge success with their event.  They took advantage of the warm Florida weather and used popsicles to lure in unsuspecting students.  They then used that opportunity to educate students about their Constitutional rights and invite them to their screening of “10 Rules for Dealing With the Police.”  Most importantly, they documented all of their activities and put together a really cool video
See their entire report here!
3rd Place:  Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Tech YAL Chapter came out full blast for this event.  They used the resources provided by YAL National to continue their on going recruitment and student outreach and were able to increase their mailing list to over 1,000 students!  They are a relatively new chapter but are already making serious waves for liberty.
See their entire report here!

Congratulations to our three winners and to everyone who made a submission for this contest!   Now that you have an idea what type of activism we are looking for, be sure to apply for resources for our April national activism project, April All-Out Activism.

To be considered in this next contest, your entry must be posted on the YAL blog to be eligible. (For blog access email YAL Director of Communications Bonnie Kristian at  All submissions must be made by Friday, May 4, 2012.

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