YAL in Action

Check out YAL activities on campus and updates from around the liberty movement.

Tag: Chapter-Building Strategy
  • 5 ways to be an activist for liberty

    In my latest piece at Voices of Liberty, I give advice how to be an effective activist in the liberty movement: Here at Young Americans for Liberty, we’re all about activism. Having the right ideas is important—that’s the whole reason organizations like the Institute for Humane Studies and the Cato Institute exist. But good ideas …

  • 4 Steps to Making an Awesome Activism Calendar for Your Chapter

    UC Riverside YAL Activism Calendar (click to expand) There are a ton of benefits to having an activism calendar. Here are a few:  The process of making a calendar encourages your chapter officers to plan events far in advance. Having a calendar (and following it) lends your chapter more credibility. Officers, members, and potential recruits …

  • On Events and Debates

    When I first became president of our humble chapter, I made a single goal for our group:  We will be leaders on the campus of Texas Tech University.  We might not be the biggest group, or the group raising thousands of dollars for charity, but we will be respected and noted.   As the semesters …

  • Recruiting for Liberty: Hands-on Involvement Trumps Remote Chapter Creation Any Day

    As activists, we are always questioning how to bring the most people into the movement as we can. For a State Chair, this is especially imperative — yet even more difficult because we have to not only convince students to engage in the ideas of liberty, but we must convince them to create their own …

  • Building from the Ground up at a Commuter School

    Georgia State University, judging by the predominant mindsets of our professors, dwarfs the liberal environment at almost any other college in Georgia, and most within the U.S. We are also a school which is still mostly made up of commuters, meaning there is a disadvantage in getting people to come to meetings — or sometimes …

  • Salesmen for Liberty

    Politicians, political activists, bloggers, and anyone else who intends to spread a philosophy must ultimately become a salesman. Like a salesman, we are convincing others that our product, liberty, is superior to what everyone else has to offer. We must also combat a general indifference in people and ignite an urge within them to desire …

  • What’s in it for me?

    Recruitment is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of activities, tactics, and perspectives. Let’s take out political messaging for one moment and focus on one recruitment perspective: sales. How are you going to sell YAL and your chapter to interested students? Yes, I said “sell.” We are indeed selling an ideology, a service, …

  • How not to write an activism report

    Congratulations, you just put on an activism project!  You applied for resources as part of one of YAL’s National Activism Projects. You met with your leadership to decide on a time and assign responsibilities. You create a Facebook event and invite all of your classmates and friends. You put flyers all over campus announcing your …

  • Communicate; Don’t Dictate

    I am working on an essay for communicating to libertarians the need to simplify liberty beliefs (especially the economic ones) and make these concepts easier for the average person to understand.  There are a lot of really smart people in the YAL groups, but some of the lingo and heavy concepts we use are daunting …

  • 9 Tips for Handling Spring Recruitment

    For many YAL chapters, now is probably one of the toughest times to recruit new members. The period directly following a national election seem to always be the hardest and most challenging times to attract new activists. Students everywhere are stuck between the left-right paradigm, hoping that their “lesser of two evils” vote will amount …