I have a very large smile on my face as I write this blog. I am so grateful and proud of our YAL chapter here at CSUF. We are becoming more and more active in our communities in more ways than one. We spent this entire weekend out and about interacting with different groups of people that come from many walks of life.
We started bright and early Saturday morning when we returned to the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Santa Ana. We spent many hours playing whiffle ball and soccer with the small children while their parents recieved donated food and household items. We taught bigger children to play nicer with the smaller children, and I’m not gonna lie, I even taught a bigger kid how to be better at checkers by easily owning him twice! We love going to this event, and we did it again in coordination with our campus’ Volunteer and Service Center. This again gave us the opportunity to talk to our peers about our club. As we left the soup kitchen, you could see in the kid’s eyes that they were sad to see us go, so we knew that we were doing positive things in our community.
Sunday we participated in community, but in a slightly different way. Our chapter of YAL knows the importance of balance, the balance between work and fun. We set up a trip to Disneyland, which is right down the street from our campus, and we invited members of nearby chapters to join us. We coordinated with members of our chapter and friends of the chapter who work at Disneyland, and managed to get everyone in who did not have a season pass for free. By doing this, we saved our friends over $1,000.00 total.
CSUF is widely apathetic politically and a commuter campus, therefore we don’t get as many students participating as some of the East Coast chapter schools do. Because of this we recognize the importance of embracing our local YAL community and building up our relationships. We had YAL members from UCI, Rio Hondo, Chapman, Western State Law School, and of course CSUF, and friends from other schools as well join us at Disneyland.
We have come a long way since it was just five of us having little meetings in the underground pub on our campus. We now have a solid core that is growing. Our strategy is to make that core so tight and build relationships with our surrounding chapters so people will see how close of a group we are. That is what will attract greater numbers.
I cannot emphasize enough how proud I am of our chapter and our surrounding chapters of YAL. We are making a difference in our schools and communites. Not only that, my best friends from school are people I met in Young Americans for Liberty.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US MAKE THESE EVENTS POSSIBLE!