Twenty-five students attended the Public Speaking Workshop on December 18, 2009 at the Leadership Institute. During the day-long workshop, distinguished faculty member Dr. John Shosky instructed students on how to organize, build, and deliver an effective speech. This workshop wraps up the 2009 class schedule in the Leadership Institute's Arlington facility.
On the weekend of December 12-13, the Leadership Institute held its final Youth Leadership School (YLS) of 2009 in Laramie, Wyoming. This marks the end of another record-breaking year for the YLS Department. Over 1,000 students were trained, making 2009 just the second year in LI history that number of youth activists have been trained to campaign for the candidate or cause of their choice.
Through the week of December 7-11, 2009, the Leadership Institute trained over 110 future campaign staffers, managers, and candidates during a record-breaking Campaign Manager School. The students represented all election levels - from local grassroots campaigns to state-wide congressional campaigns. To register for the February 2010 Campaign Manager school click here.
On December 8, 2009, The Leadership Institute trained over 50 students at the Internet Blogging Workshop, which provides students with practical tips on setting up and maintaining a blog.
In a December 2, 2009 article written by Rachel Motte for The Evangelical Outpost, Morton Blackwell is quoted on the need for both ideas and action within the conservative movement. In a speech he delivered more than twenty years ago, Morton told his audience of young conservatives, "The prideful conservative intellectual who avoids association with less elegant men of action may doom his cause…"
The Leadership Institute is honored to present Virginia House Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter as its December Wednesday Wake-up Club Breakfast featured speaker. He will address the state of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the state of the nation, and the challenges conservatives face today.
On Thursday, November 12, 2009, the Leadership Institute held a Gala in honor of President Morton Blackwell’s 70th Birthday and LI’s 30th Anniversary. Over 400 guests were in attendance showing their support for LI, including Indiana Congressman Mike Pence and Virginia Attorney General Elect Ken Cuccinelli.
The Leadership Institute participated with the Family Research Council’s first-ever “New England Education and Training Summit” held in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, Nov 14, 2009. LI provided an Internet Activist Workshop training nearly a hundred activists how to utilize online new media applications such as social networking, blogging, and online video activism.
A 2008 graduate of the Youth Leadership School (YLS), Carla Shutrop was recently elected to her local school board in Minnesota with the highest number of votes of all candidates. She will serve a four-year term on the Shakopee School Board starting in January. But what does YLS have to do with it?
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 Koch Associate Program. The Koch Associate Program is a very selective, one year, paid career opportunity for bright, talented young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit sector. Participants in the program include recent graduates, as well as those with master’s degrees, JDs, and PhDs. Associates come from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines.