Not Your Average Conference!

Or...How I Spent Part Of My Summer Vacation!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up to go to the Reagan Ranch for a Young America’s Foundation (YAF) High School Leadership conference this past June. I thought it would be very dull and I would not learn much. The exact opposite happened, it’s like I belonged there. It was amazing there were so many other conservative teenagers who went to this event. It was really hard to believe I was not the only conservative teenager in California because most of the time it feels like that. But there I was. The teenagers there were exactly like how I predicted, they dressed well, spoke politely and kindly, and knew that the more of us there were, the less chance the far Left would stand.

The very first full day of the conference was amazing. The president of YAF spoke with us and we were assigned in groups to create a presentation of what the founding elements of conservatism were. It was refreshing to see that these teenagers with me also believed in God, knew the benefits of a free market, and the Judeo-Christian values that birthed this nation. A far left extremist would not stand a chance at that conference; all of these conservative ideals would have overwhelmed them and paralyzed them like headlights do to a deer. It would be like the far left extremist who tried to beat the railroad crossing and was run over with the force of a freight train. Throughout the conference, we had various speakers explain what it means to be a real American. My favorite speaker was Robert Spencer.  Mr. Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times Bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).  He has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Army Command, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and many other groups.  He talked about the truth of Islam and how in that religion’s holy book, it tells its followers to kill innocent people, and how Muhammad himself said ‘kill all unbelievers’.

The conference restored my passion for conservatism and the real truth about this world we live in. I will never forget those teenagers at the conference, because they are like each and every one of us Conservatives, feeling like we have to hide because somehow we are supposed to passively accept the far Left’s outright lies. The Reagan Ranch itself seemed like a floating island, safe from all the far Left extremists that want to get rid of Reagan’s legacy. Conservatism runs through my blood now, and I give all the thanks to the Young America’s Foundation. 


Wyatt Germaine is a Junior at Rancho Campana High School. He will be petitioning the student body later this month to establish a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at RCHS.

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So refreshing to hear that there is an organization like YAF that is designed specifically to reach the younger generation.

Huey J.

It is so refreshing to know that kids like this are active and making a difference in their communities. They aren’t marching around with signs and masks, unaware of why they’re marching in the first place. They’ve educated themselves and are willing to defend what’s right. So proud of kids like this. Especially as a public school teacher. I know these kids are under attack BY THEIR OWN TEACHERS, so God bless ’em! Make America Great Again kids!


As a Cal-Ed teacher, I am deeply heartened to read these upbeat words from a Cal-Ed teenager who sees through the Orwellian lies presented to our culture by what passes for “academia”, Hollywood, my former party, much of K-12 education, California’s Uber-corrupt government, and, of course, ABC-through-PBS/NYT/LA Times, et al.

William Hicks

heartening to hear this.