Google Partners with AFF-Austin on “No Freedom without Privacy”

AFF-Austin and Google partnered to present a timely discussion dubbed No Freedom Without Privacy: The ECPA Needs an Upgrade on February 4, 2014. The topic for the evening was the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. Interest in this event was quite high, filling all eighty reserved seats at Fonda San Miguel, which proved itself a wonderful location for technology and privacy enthusiasts to congregate and discuss the important issues of the day. The AFF-Austin event was opened by remarks from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office regarding the importance of the issue.  Attendees included individuals in technology, attorneys, and public policy professionals, among others. The panel was moderated by AFF-Austin chair, Arif

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The Koch Associate Program: A Personal Perspective

As a recruiter with the Charles Koch Institute, my responsibility is to connect people to our educational programs and job opportunities. Being a current participant in the Koch Associate Program, I am often asked by interested candidates what I enjoy most about participating in KAP. The question is difficult to answer; I enjoy the non-profit work experience, the reading discussions, the guest speakers, and the group projects, among many other components of the program. KAP also provides an opportunity to learn more about economics and leadership, while the respectful debate that follows can challenge my fundamental assumptions about the way

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AFF Membership 2014: Perks and Professional Development

With the annual AFF Gala fast approaching, there is no better time to become a member of America’s Future Foundation! Membership offers a great opportunity to become more involved with AFF while also enjoying a host of great benefits.  With several levels of membership available, there’s something for everyone.   Contributing Member ($40) A One Year Membership at the Contributing Member level includes:  Free entrance to AFF’s monthly Policy Roundtables ($10 savings per event!) Discounts on high profile events such as the upcoming AFF Gala and Leadership Dinners Discounts or free admission to our professional development events (like Cultivation Crew and Lunch with a Leader!) Access

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Steps for Success in a Policy Career: Do You Need a Master’s Degree?

There is no simple way to determine what level and type of degree is best for you and your budding policy career. Don’t fret; you don’t have to have the perfect answer. Here are three broadly applicable considerations: 1. Your degree is less important than attributes like hard work, excellent writing, confident and clear communication, relevant knowledge, and internship or work experience. 2. The institution is probably more important than the type or level of degree. 3. Generic degrees diminish your competitive edge over other candidates, but specialized degrees will limit your opportunities outside of your area of specialization. Specialize

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Apply by THIS Friday for AFF’s Mentor Program

Don’t miss out on the AFF Mentor Program! The deadline to apply is THIS FRIDAY,  February 14th, at 5pm EST.  This program is a great opportunity to get one-on-one advice, career insights, and networking tips from AFF members who are established professionals in their respective fields. Mentors are long-term AFF members who have been carefully selected for their commitment to the program as well as for their unique insights on navigating the DC political and nonprofit environments. We use a short application and our knowledge of experienced AFF members to match each mentor and mentee. AFF is accepting applications for those interested in connecting with mentors

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AFF Dallas Asks: Do Charter Schools Work?

On January 30, young professionals in Dallas gathered for a round table discussion on charter schools in Texas as a part of National School Choice Week. Tracy Young, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at the Texas Charter Schools Association, led the discussion. She discussed current charter school cap laws in Texas, charter school performance and effectiveness, and the potential for expansion of successful charter and ISD schools in the state. The guests were very engaged, asking how they as young professionals could make a difference. Tracy suggested that young professionals get involved with their local school boards in order

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Celebrating School Choice with AFF’s SE Michigan Chapter

Last week, 25 young professionals gathered from across metro Detroit for a panel discussion and reception on How Freedom in Education Is Saving SE Michigan. This event highlighted National School Choice Week. Speakers included: Aquan Miles, Principal, Taylor Preparatory High School; Dan Quisenberry,  President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA); and Audrey Spalding, Director of Education Policy, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  The speakers covered a wide range of topics, but focused most on public charter schools and how to better communicate the importance of exercising school choice in the Detroit metro area.  The audience was engaged and a vibrant discussion followed their presentation. 

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Enter the SFL and LFA Short Fiction Contest!

Calling all creative writers in the liberty movement! The Libertarian Fiction Authors Association has teamed up with Students for Liberty for a special short story contest that is free to enter and open to everyone. Accepted story submissions will be between 1,000 and 10,000 words and consider the following prompt: “Write a short story that illustrates the positive role of freedom in human life. Whether it’s a galaxy-spanning space epic or an introspective contemporary character piece, we want to see stories that paint the benefits and possibilities of human freedom in sharply compelling brush-strokes.” With $500 in cash prizes up for

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Apply for AFF’s 2014 Mentorship Program!

AFF DC is pleased to announce its 2014 Mentorship Program! This program is designed to connect young professionals with seasoned mentors for one-on-one advice, career insights and networking opportunities. Mentors are long-term AFF members who have been carefully selected for their commitment to the program as well as for their unique insights on navigating the DC political and nonprofit environments. The Mentor Program currently offers placements with mentors active in the following fields: Journalism Nonprofit outreach and development Policy and research Private sector, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship Careers on Capitol Hill Wondering if this program is a good fit for

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AFF Celebrates National School Choice Week!

America’s Future Foundation is proud to participate in this year’s National School Choice Week. Each year, National School Choice Week creates an opportunity to “shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for children.” From January 26th through February 1st, parents, teachers and students across the country will participate in 5,500+ events in their various communities. America’s Future Foundation embraces the belief expressed by school choice that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. AFF events in Atlanta, Southeast Michigan, Dallas and Pittsburgh will highlight a variety of school choice options: from private

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Volunteer with AFF DC!

The Washington, D.C., chapter of America’s Future Foundation is looking for volunteers for upcoming events! Volunteering is a fun way to get involved with AFF, attend various events for free, and get to know like-minded peers in the DC area. AFF events are always great networking opportunities, as well, and volunteering (as a greeter, for example) is an easy way to meet event attendees. Volunteer duties may include registration, event setup and breakdown, greeting, or other tasks, and usually last for about an hour. Any event you volunteer for will include free registration. Bonus: Volunteer at 3 events in a 6

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AFF Roundtable on 2014 Policy Resolutions Featured in Red Alert Politics

On Thursday, January 9th, AFF hosted its first policy roundtable event of the year, 2014 New Year’s Policy Resolutions, at the Reason Foundation in Washington, DC. Tom Clougherty, Managing Editor, Reason Foundation, moderated a lively discussion between three panelists on where they thought the liberty movement should focus its efforts for the coming year. Red Alert Politics‘ John Rossomando covered the event. Featured panelists included: Francesca Chambers, Editor, Red Alert Politics; Contributor, Washington Examiner Matthew Feeney, Assistant Editor, Reason 24/7 Rudy Takala, Columnist and Republican National Delegate As Rossomando notes, opinions varied, with Chambers calling for an emphasis on “compassionate conservatism” and a conservative messaging overhaul

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