LI Trains Conservatives for Success in 2016

January 3, 2017 | By Kyle Baccei

Last year was an exciting year for many reasons! 

In 2016, the Leadership Institute trained 10,274 conservatives, launched new online programs, and trained candidates and campaign staff across the country -- all thanks to the generous support of LI donors.

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Through 2016, Institute graduates impacted campaigns across the country.  

The Youth Leadership School trained 925 conservatives at 37 trainings in 2016.  Of those 2016 graduates, 81 were involved in a youth campaign across 16 statesYLS Grads.

LI’s staff and 178 volunteer faculty trained 10,274 students -- totaling 103,014 hours of student training.  The Institute trained 8,216 students nationally and 2,058 students internationally, bringing the total trained to 181,459 since 1979.

In total, LI offered 371 training events representing 44 types of Institute trainings.  These ranged from on-camera TV trainings to weeklong Campaign Management Schools to grassroots activist workshops to the Youth Leadership School, the boot-camp of politics.

The Institute also launched a new type of training:  online programs.  These workshops offer attendees the same benefits as the Leadership Institute's top-notch trainings -- from the comfort of their own homes.  Online attendees can see and hear the instructor, ask questions and talk with others in the workshop; and learn from a variety of lectures, hands-on-projects, and demonstrations -- just like any in-person training.

LI trained 350 students online in 13 trainings, totaling 1,050 student hours.

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On college campuses around the country, LI’s National Field Program staff identified 88,395 new conservative students and added 678 new student groups to LI's unique network of affiliated conservative student organizations.  By the end of 2016, this network of conservative student groups had grown to 1,856.

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CampusReform.org remains America’s #1 source for campus news online.  

Its 1,380 stories – many written by 70 campus correspondents – about liberal bias and abuse generated 15.8 million pageviews, 2,140 republications by online news outlets, and 151 appearances on TV.  

In total, CampusReform.org’s reporting led to 36 victories and campus policy changes for conservatives on college campuses. 

More than 4,146 job seekers connected with 2,005 available jobs on the Institute’s ConservativeJobs.com.  The Career Services Center hosted 470 attendees at job fairs and offered 394 personal resume consolations. 


Viewers from all 50 United States and around the world have tuned in to LI’s free webinars since they began streaming from LI Studios in 2011.  In 2016 alone, 1,546 viewers watched LI’s 23 webinars.

LI’s Wednesday Wake-up Club Breakfasts hosted 1,059 attendees and 11 speakers in 2016.  Speakers included Pete Hegseth, Congressman Tom Emmer, and Congressman Alex Mooney.

The 45th National Fourth of July Conservative Soiree hosted 356 attendees.  The 2016 featured speakers were Ed Gillespie and Rob Bell.

There are countless stories about the impact of Leadership Institute graduates in 2016.  It’s been a good year at the Leadership Institute, and LI is excited about what 2017 has in store!

Review the online 2017 training calendar for currently scheduled trainings near you.

How has LI helped you?  Email Carol@LeadershipInstitute.org to share your story.  LI is always looking to spotlight faculty doing incredible things for the conservative movement, notable LI graduates making waves, and college students taking a stand on campus.