YAL at St. John’s University has had an invigorating and successful September! We kicked off our successful month with our recruitment drive and then led into our Constitution Week debate and first meeting of the semester.
The main event of our recruitment drive was the university’s club fair. We played “Liberty Pong,” with ping-pong balls and Libertarian trivia. It was a big hit among the students and our table was one of the best-rated tables at the fair! We gave out over 100 free books, palm cards, and other literature, and got a record-breaking 134 sign-ups!
Our introductory meeting garnered about 10 new students in addition to the already committed members from the previous year. Satiated with free pizza and drinks, our new members listened to an introduction into what Young Americans for Liberty is, our mission statement, and what activism and social events were planned for this school year. The positive energy and excitement in the room was palpable!
Our YAL chapter organized our annual Constitution Day debate with the College Democrats and the College Republicans. It was a lively debate and when confined to the Constitutions parameters, the other political groups agreed with our statements and arguments!
University service day is a tradition at St. John’s. On the last Saturday of September all of the university organizations volunteer with local charities and work to improving the community privately. YAL at SJU volunteered with the Venture House, located about ten minutes from the university in Jamaica, Queens. The Venture House serves adults with mental illnesses and addictions. Our chapter enjoyed cooking and gardening with the residents and we made several friendships. We plan to go back to the Venture House for our Choose Charity event in December!
With such an eventful and exciting start to the semester, we have high hopes for our chapter this year!Published in