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Spotlight of the Week: Young Americans for Liberty

This week, Young Americans for Liberty is the subject of SGA’s Spotlight of the Week. Young Americans for Liberty, which was established at UCF in 2010, is a relatively new political organization on campus. It is part of a national organization made up of more than 270 chapters and 3,000 people. Since its founding, the organization has won national awards, such as Honorable Mention Recruitment Drive 2011 and Best Chapter Southeast Region 2011. Young Americans for Liberty also won first place in the Visualize the Debt competition. Many of the original founders of the organization have gone on to work with national staff in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the organization and its events, we met with Trip Davis, vice president of Young Americans for Liberty at UCF.

Q: What is the mission of Young Americans for Liberty?

A: The mission of Young Americans for Liberty is to identify, educate, train and mobilize youth activists committed to “winning on principle.” Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates and direction of our government.

Q: What was the most recent event that Young Americans for Liberty put on?

A: Last week, Young Americans for Liberty received funding from the UCF Student Government Association to bring Robert Shibley, vice president of the Freedom for Individual Rights in Education, to our campus. Shibley spoke to the group about student conduct and the rights of students who are going through the student conduct process.

Q: What is an average week like for Young Americans for Liberty?

A: We are a much closer group than the average student organization. On the weekends, we usually have a social gathering for members. Also, every Tuesday, we meet in Business Administration, Room 205. Weather permitting, we table in front of the Student Union on Wednesdays. Our tabling events are sometimes themed, but usually, we’re just talking to students and passing out information about our organization.

Q: What does the future hold for Young Americans for Liberty?

A: Young Americans for Liberty, on the national and chapter levels, is expanding at an exponential rate. As we continue to grow on campus, we want to become a mainstay of the political culture at UCF by providing a home for the politically homeless and promoting constitutional rights.

Q: How can students get more involved with Young Americans for Liberty?

A: The easiest way to get involved is by staying up-to-date with our Facebook page. Also, all students are invited to join us at our weekly meetings, which are held on Tuesdays in Business Administration, Room 205. At the next meeting, we’ll be discussing our last activism project of the year. To get more information about the national organization, check out www.YALiberty.org.

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