Youth Leadership School Visits the Upper Midwest

March 10, 2011 | By

Bess Folsom, a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota last weekend to attend the Leadership Institute's Youth Leadership School (YLS). Bess, who is active in a political club on her campus, joined nearly two dozen other conservative students at LI's "boot camp of politics."

“It not only gets me excited to go out and win, but it gives me the tools to do so," Bess said of the training. "I hope to continue shaking things up on campus before moving on to shake things up on a bigger scale!"

The YLS is the Institute's flagship school. The intensive, two-day training teaches young conservatives to lead mass-based, youth efforts for the candidates and causes of their choice. Top graduates have gone on to become youth coordinators for major, statewide political campaigns as well as leaders on their campuses and in their communities.

"This training has given me great tools to be able to actively participate in a campaign," explained Caleb Van Vooren, a student of Augustana College in Sioux Falls. This YLS is "equipping me with skills for life, as well as giving me the tools to effectively lead any group of people."

Bess added that she would recommend the YLS to other students for "the opportunity to spend a weekend with other college students who care just as much as you do, and learn techniques that will help you in every organization you’re a part of."

You can see upcoming YLS trainings online or contact Kent Strang, LI's Director of Youth Leadership School, for more information or to schedule a school in your area.