February 7, 2011, Arlington, VA—Yesterday marked 100 years since the birth of the 40th U.S. president. Honoring Ronald Reagan’s vision of a new generation of conservative leaders, the Leadership Institute brought its Youth Leadership School to 27 college and high school students in Wilmington, North Carolina this past weekend, where students represented three states and two countries. The Gipper himself praised the Leadership Institute by asserting that "LI is paving the way for a new generation of conservative leadership."
“We need you, we need your youth, your strength, and your idealism, to help us make right what is wrong,” President Reagan proclaimed decades ago, yet the message is still as relevant as ever.
During the intensive boot-camp, Regan’s call was answered. The students learned hardcore strategies ranging from organizing and leading a mass-based youth effort to building a successful student organization to a launching a successful career in politics.
Indeed Reagan and his team knew how to mobilize people en masse, in particular the younger generation. In his farewell address the President stated, “A final word to the men and women of the Reagan Revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger; we made the city freer; and we left her in good hands.”
The Great Communicator’s vision of a shining city on a hill, standing strong, prosperous and robust, is the consequence of leadership by faithful conservatives working strong, working diligently for their Country.
Reagan’s achievements are historical markers, influencing policy and politics long beyond his presidency. He stood sternly against tyranny; he fought bravely for liberty, democracy and free markets. His efforts to bring down the Soviet Union were rewarded when he changed the course of history, and the Soviet Empire finally collapsed a few years following his presidency. Nevertheless, his greatest achievement was giving a struggling nation hope; proclaiming for all to hear “it is morning in America.”
The Leadership Institute is training at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week. One of the trainings is called the History of the Conservative Movement: 1945-Present. This course will teach the intellectual and political history of the modern conservative movement. What are conservatives trying to "conserve"? How did classical liberals, traditionalists, and anti-communists "fuse" together? Who were the philosophers, popularizers, philanthropists, and politicians who brought about the most consequential movement in American politics? To register, please click here.
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The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. LI trains and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media by teaching them how to succeed in the public policy process. To do that, LI offers 40 types of training programs, works with more than 1,465 conservative campus groups, and helps employers connect with conservative jobseekers. Since the Institute’s 1979 founding, more than 91,576 students have been trained. Alumni include U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, city council members, local mayors, state legislators, and conservative activists and officeholders at every level. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org