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Former WI Governor Scott Walker To Lead Prominent Young Conservative Organization

Gabriella Hoffman
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On Fox & Friends this morning, former Wisconsin governor and 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker announced he’s taking the helms at Young America’s Foundation (YAF) come February 2021. He was just selected as YAF’s president-elect.

Here’s the announcement:

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Excited to announce that the board of Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has elected me to serve as their president effective February 2021. Here is some background on YAF: Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country. Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with his ideas—a goal that is also central to the Foundation’s mission. Preserving the Ranch and passing on the President’s lasting accomplishments is Young America’s Foundation’s way of thanking Ronald Reagan for all he has done for his country and the world. His beloved ranch is a place of learning, a place of encouragement and a place of inspiration for generations to come. The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara is a “schoolhouse for Reaganism” where young and old alike can visit and learn more about one of America’s greatest presidents. For more than 30 years, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of balanced, responsible and accurate reporting. Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become a leader in combating bias in the mainstream media. Founded in 1977, more than 1,600 alumni have graduated from NJC’s 12-week training sessions, and some 900 of these have gone on to media and media-related positions. In 2011, Young America’s Foundation unified with Young Americans for Freedom, which serves as the Foundation’s chapter affiliate on college and high school campuses across the country. Fou

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The YAF statement on their selection of Walker reads like this:

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is excited to announce that 45th Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker has been elected by YAF’s board of directors as president of Young America’s Foundation, effective February 1, 2021.

Governor Walker courageously advanced freedom in a state that once was a “progressive” bastion. He championed right-to-work laws, right-to-life causes, and defended Wisconsin’s wage earners from over-reaching bureaucrats and tax collectors.

With hard-earned conservative credentials, Governor Walker’s fearlessness to do the right thing—regardless of opposition—mirrors the commitment to freedom’s principles seen in bold YAF activists across America. His dedication to rooting out fraud and corruption also reflects YAF’s work to expose the Left’s schemes to corrupt higher learning and indoctrinate—rather than educate—today’s young people.

Governor Walker has been involved in Young America’s Foundation programs throughout his time as governor, and his wife, Tonette, serves on YAF’s Reagan Ranch Board of Governors.

In addition to guiding Young America’s Foundation, Governor Walker will also oversee the management of more than 500 Young Americans for Freedom Chapters; President Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo and YAF’s Reagan Ranch Center–the largest conservative campus on the west coast; YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise and the National Journalism Center; America’s largest campus lecture program; and an aggressive legal strategy to ensure institutions and administrators are held accountable when they violate students’ First Amendment rights.

The organization traces its origins back to the 1960’s. Their goal is to ensure young Americans understand and are exposed to the conservative notions of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Moreover, YAF oversees President Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo and the National Journalism Center.

Note: The author of this article served as a Summer 2010 Sarah T. Hermann intern at YAF’s Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, CA.


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