YAL’s Indiana State Convention Report

Group photo IN YAL convention

After taking a weekend off to attend CPAC 2013, YAL National is back to running our state conventions. Last Saturday, we held our fourth state convention at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis with 152 activists packing the room to hear from YAL National Staff, grassroots trainers, high-profile keynote speakers, and local leaders.

Our morning keynote speaker, Jack Hunter, spoke about the rising prominence of libertarian organizations, leaders and activists in the GOP. Given that Senator Rand Paul won the CPAC 2013 straw poll the previous weekend, addressing this topic is now more important than ever. Based on his speech at our convention, and his recent column on The American Conservative, Jack seems to agree.

Jack Hunter at YAL's IN convention

After Jack’s presentation, the audience heard from our 9 generous sponsors. They ranged from local to national organizations, and provided excellent networking opportunities for the students in attendance. 

If you are interested in finding work or other opportunities in the liberty movement, the chance to network with pro-liberty organizations is another great reason to make time to attend one of our six remaining State ConventionsIt’s not every day you get such a unique opportunity to jump-start your career in politics!

After our sponsors were finished, YAL’s National Field Executive, Brandon Cestrone, lectured on the basics of recruiting on campus. He advised students on how to tailor their message, present the case for liberty in less than two minutes and sign up students for YAL meetings.

Brandon's "THRIVE" lecture at YAL's IN convention

This lecture, called “Thrive,” is actually a sample training from YAL U, our new program designed to bring “top-notch activism training at your computer, on your schedule.” Click here to request a training for your chapter!

Our sole panel, “Youth Activism: The Next Generation” followed Brandon and explored his topic in more detail. This panel feature prominent local youth activists from organizations like Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Liberty, and discussed the best ways for young people to get involved in politics.

Panelists discuss youth politics at YAL's IN state convention

Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks,  our evening keynote speaker, echoed Jack Hunter’s earlier remarks as he spoke of the growth of our movement and its future in the Republican Party. 

Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks was the evening keynote speaker for YAL's IN state convention

Want to see the rest of the pictures from last weekend? We just uploaded our Facebook album, so feel free to browse and tag yourself!

We’re just getting started, so there are still plenty of opportunities left to attend a YAL convention in your area. Click here to see our full schedule for the spring. There are still six conventions scheduled for this semester, and we would love to see you there!

Many thanks to our Indiana leadership team for putting this convention together, and to our speakers and sponsors for spending their weekend inspiring our attendees to their best activism yet.

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