Red Alert Politics announced the winners of their second annual “30 Under 30” list. Out of more than 400 nominations the list was narrowed to just 30 outstanding members of the liberty movement. These individuals represent the best and brightest young conservatives and libertarians in the country. With America’s youth beginning to understand the importance of defending freedom, these individuals represent the future for the liberty movement.
America’s Future Foundation is proud to have worked closely with many of this year’s recipients including Evan Feinberg, Alex Schriver, Shoshana Weissmann, Hadley Heath, Bonnie Kristian, Karin Agness, and Jonathan Bydlak. We congratulate them on their success along with the others on the list and the thousands of other young people who work diligently to advance liberty every day.
This year’s recipients will be honored tonight at a VIP party at Living Social’s event space in Washington DC. The event is sold out, however names can still be added to the wait list for the possibility to attend.
Are you interested in attending this year’s State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City?
The Generation Liberty Fellowship is inviting AFF members and alumni to apply for the opportunity to attend the 2013 SPN Annual Meeting, the premier event for the free-market, state think-tank community.
More than 40 young leaders (age 21-29) will be selected to attend the 21st SPN Annual Meeting, September 24-27 in Oklahoma City. The Generation Liberty Fellowship guidelines and application are available online and applications are due 11:59 pm EDT, Sunday, Aug. 11.
What Generation Liberty Fellows receive:
-A $450 travel reimbursement.
-Double- or triple-occupancy lodging.
-Registration for the Annual Meeting, which includes all meals and receptions.
Why attend the SPN Annual Meeting?
-You have an interest in working for liberty at the state & local level.
-You will meet more than 800 fantastic, liberty-minded individuals.
-You’ll get the latest information about the successes and challenges across the country.
-You have thoughts to share about how to reach young people with the ideas of liberty.
What we need isn’t new ideas, but embracing and implementing tried and tested policies that worked in the past, said Senator Ted Cruz at a recent AFF Leadership Dinner. He draws parallels between the economies that Reagan and Obama inherited and illustrates how their drastically different approaches to recovery led to drastically different economic outcomes. He also discusses personal examples including the filibuster with Rand Paul over drones, the fight to uphold gun rights, and #cruztovictory countering liberal attacks against him.
The Freeman is the flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). For more than 50 years it has uncompromisingly defended the ideals of the free society and is one of the most respected journals of liberty in America. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at FEE, you can get the monthly publication of the Freeman delivered to your door (a $50 value) – for free!
All you have to do is stop waiting and join AFF’s growing network of liberty-minded young professional leaders or renew your membership today. Be sure to include the proper mailing address when you sign up or renew, to ensure that you receive the magazine and the latest information from AFF!
Senator Ted Cruz argues that young people respond to principled, effective leadership that defends the free market tradition of our country. He gives several examples from Ronald Reagan, to Ron Paul, to Mike Lee and Paul Ryan, illustrating how these leaders are leading and inspiring based on principles. He offers his own campaign in Texas as an example of how they creatively utilized social media to mobilize the grassroots an ultimately win in a campaign where they were outspent 3:1.
Senator Ted Cruz was asked what we should do about the IRS scandal during the AFF Leadership Dinner in June 2013. He suggests we need to find the facts and get to the bottom of how this happened and make bureaucrats accountable. He questions why the IRS commissioner had visited the White House so often and why Lois Lerner said she was innocent and then pleaded the 5th.
At a recent AFF Leadership Dinner, Senator Cruz spoke about restoring economic growth. He discusses lowering unemployment, paying back our debt, and maintaining our military strength. He also outlined three sub-priorities which include cutting spending, tax reform through abolishing the IRS, and regulatory reform. Economic growth doesn’t come from Washington; rather it comes from small business and entrepreneurs working hard, says Cruz.
See what your friends and co-workers are talking about. Get all these amazing benefits when you join the premiere network of liberty-minded young professional leaders.
10. Career Tips From Experts
Top professionals in the liberty movement are a consistent part of AFF’s Free the Future Blog, the Doublethink Magazine, and our monthly events. Thinking about Law School or a Master’s degree? Don’t know if you want to serve in public sector, work in a non-profit, or engage the free market? AFF’s staff brings you expert insight to make the most of your next career move!
9. Attend Unique Professional Development Seminars
For young professionals straight out of college, many questions are left unanswered about actually getting to business in the liberty movement. AFF will help you master the basics and impress your boss through our workshops and monthly events. We cover a wide gamut of skill development, from figuring out how Direct Mailing works to writing constituent mail. If you want to get down to work—these are the events for you.
8. Get Published and Noticed by Major Media
Ever read the news and roll your eyes at the pure lack of journalistic integrity (unless you’re reading Joel Gehrke or Tim Carney of course)? Know you can contribute to the discussion? Perhaps you want practice? Or maybe you’re looking for new media attention? No matter what your means, AFF is the outlet for you. Our widely read Doublethink Magazine and Free the Future Blog is always looking to give voice to passionate young conservatives. Don’t just sit there—Get Published By AFF!!
7. Attend AFF’s Most Anticipated Event: The Gala
Our Annual Gala is a sight to behold! If you do not make this party, you are missing out on great networking, a great celebrity host, and hours of wining and dining. Hundreds of young conservatives gather for this event every year. And this year promises to be better than ever!
6. Gain Valuable Public Speaking Skills
Has it been a few years since your speech class in College? No worries! With America’s Future Foundation summer public speaking program at the Leadership Institute, you can brush up on your skills and learn great insight from speech professionals—not just some cranky professor! In addition to this workshop, brief public speaking often happens at our events, but in a more casual and less stressful style.
5. Intimate Leadership Dinners
Twice a year, America Future Foundation invites you to join a special guest for a dinner. Guests in years past included Ed Feulner, Rand Paul, and Justice Scalia. These intimate occasions give you the opportunity to meet leaders in the liberty movement.
4. Making Friends in Conservative Movement
Often at networking events you meet people with whom you simply connect. Beyond just being acquaintances, you get to know these people on personal levels, spend time with them outside of politics (yes, that’s possible in DC), and know what they’re up too throughout the years. DC is a city of transplants; folks are always in need of some new best friends. Meet them at an AFF event this month!
3. Influence Liberty Movement Policy
At least once a month, AFF holds events, including Policy Roundtables, to discuss politics and policy. These events offer a great chance to meet other young conservatives in your field and ask detailed questions to policy experts from Capitol Hill, CATO, AEI, Mercatus Center, CEI, and many more. Your perspective is important to the debate today and in the future—make sure it is heard!
2. Exposed to a Great Network—at a DISCOUNT!
America’s Future Foundation would be nothing without our fantastic members. Our dynamic membership ranges from Hill staff to non-profit Executives, from conservative media commentators to people just wanting to fight for freedom and liberty. With your membership, you will be exposed to AFF’s massive conservative network all over the country. Looking for a job in Chicago? We’ll introduce the Chicago AFF chapter to you and also see whom in our network is looking to hire a skilled, passionate conservative like yourself.
Was it mentioned you can do this at a DISCOUNT? Yep! In addition to sharing a common bond with conservatives across the country, you’ll get to attend all these great events mentioned above at reduced rates. Events held seemingly every week all over the DC area allow you to expand on your own network, advancing your career and personal goals! Join today!!
1. Advancing Liberty
Because Prices are Going Up after May 10th!
Capitol Hill is an interesting beast. It is fast paced, with long hours, and run by recent college grads in their 20s. Over 90 percent of staff assistants and legislative correspondents, and 80 percent of legislative assistants are in their 20s.For young professionals who land an internship or even a low level position, it is a paradox to be in the center of opportunities on the Hill, yet little time and resources to take full advantage of it.
This week, a former staffer has endeavored to solve this paradox by launching OnCapHill.com. This is an exclusive professional online networking site for Congress and their staff, that provides tools to maintain employment, increase staff communication, and aid easy access to networking events.
Building your career on the Hill is all about networking. The top two sources for hiring on the Hill are from internal emailing lists between Chiefs of Staff (40%), and referrals by current employees (36.6%). This is happening on a regular basis. Congress experiences 63.2% turnover among staff assistants alone. Particularly with inters’ limited time on the Hill, their ability to stay connected is essential to landing a job.
OnCapHill enhances the networking capabilities of these young professionals on the Hill. Staffers can create exclusive profiles, connect with other staffers, and view the many opportunities to network at receptions and happy hours.
OnCapHill is also perfect for non-profits, lobbying firms, and trade associations to reach out to staffers by posting their happy hours and receptions on the site. These networking opportunities are fundamental in seeking careers off the Hill. In 2010, the top 3 ventures after leaving a congressional office were another congressional office (33.3%), graduate school (22.2%), and lobby firm (10%).
But not all young professional want to stay in Washington, DC. OnCapHill.com is revolutionary in that it finally connects staffers in DC offices to staffers in the State district offices. Not only is this a public benefit, but a helpful tool for young professionals.
Name: Jason Riddle
College: University of Georgia
Job/Company Title: Senior Manager for a Management Consulting Firm & America’s Future Foundation Atlanta Chapter Leader
Have you always known you wanted a career in advancing liberty? If no; how did you get involved in the liberty movement?
Out of college I started working at one of the larger business consulting firms. I worked there for five years. The experience was great, but I did not love what I was doing. It was around the time of the onset of the financial crisis and the 2008 presidential election that the spark was ignited for me. I owe the initial inspiration to three books in particular. I read Atlas Shrugged, The Law, and Economics in One Lesson and my world was forever changed. After that I began to devour countless books, articles, videos, and audio lectures from the great thinkers, past and present. The more I learned about the ideas of liberty and sound economics, ideas to which I was never even exposed in public school, the more passionate I became about communicating the message of freedom.
I decided to make the change. I put myself in a position to be able to take the risk of leaving a stable job and making the leap into the unknown. At the time, I knew I wanted to get into the field of ideas, but I did not know exactly what shape my journey would take.
I began taking a few classes at a local university and writing for several websites and blogs. By chance, I met local radio show host who needed help putting together material for segments. After about a month of helping with research, I found myself doing a few spots on the air and then became a regular co-host for a free-market talk show on the business station here in Atlanta. I was fortunate enough to be an on-air host for two years, broadcasting five days a week and interviewing my favorite economists, authors, and policy experts.
How do you specifically advance liberty?
The experience of making the leap to follow my passion and focus on advancing the cause of liberty has opened so many wonderful opportunities for me. Although I am no longer hosting the radio program, I still podcast from time to time at LibertyOutLoud.com, and I do interviews on other liberty-oriented talk shows.
I blog regularly for FreedomUnfiltered.com and have been published in the Freeman and local publications such as the Peachtree Papers. One of the biggest pieces of advice I have for anyone wanting a career advancing liberty is to write, write, write.
I am the co-founder of the Rothbard Circle, a free-market discussion group in Atlanta. And, of course, one of the most enjoyable things I am doing right now is leading the AFF-Atlanta chapter!
I think it is very important that I donate what I can in terms of time and money to the wonderful organizations that do such a great job promoting these ideas and cultivating our future leaders.
How has AFF helped you advance your career?
AFF is a tremendously powerful networking platform. I have been able to develop strong relationships with many engaged, liberty-minded individuals even beyond the group of regular attendees to our events in Atlanta. I am now connected to numerous AFF members around the country, the featured presenters that we have hosted, and the leadership from several large organizations advancing the cause of liberty.
Additionally, being active on the local chapter leadership team has given me the opportunity to enhance my organizational and communication skills, as well as gain experience in an area that is new to me: development and fundraising!
What is a challenge that you’ve had to face in your career and how did you handle it?
The biggest challenge for me was making the decision to jump from safety into the unknown to follow my passion for advancing the cause of liberty. It was one of the best decisions I have made. With hard work and dedication to your goals, the rest seems to follow. You don’t always know where you are going to end up, but once you get started the opportunities will present themselves.
Nobody is going to take charge of your career for you. All too often, people passively look to others to guide their path or they coast along some established path. Many people have a habit of waiting for somebody to give them something. I see this a lot in the business world, and I see it frequently in people pursuing liberty-focused careers as well. If you want to take on more responsibility or gain responsibility in a given area – ask for it. You should actively seek guidance and advice from professional mentors. Leverage career resources that are provided by organizations like AFF. You are going to have to take charge and shape your own career. Finally, every day of employment should be a voluntary, mutually-beneficial arrangement. Make sure you are maximizing the intangible benefits you are getting out of it.
Oftentimes, those of us who have been immersed in the ideas of liberty are extremely passionate and excited to share what we have learned. Sometimes our approach can be overwhelming for the people who have not been exposed to these ideas. When talking to people new to the ideas of liberty, I have found it better to ask questions as opposed to trying to preach first principles in abstract and theoretical terms. Treat the conversation as if you are both trying to get closer to the truth. Don’t preach, ask questions, plant seeds…. liberty does a good job selling itself!
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