LI Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership
November 23, 2009
LI Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership
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. Executive Director of the Senate Republican Steering Committee, Ed Corrigan, was the Master of Ceremonies. A highlight of the evening was the honoring of young activists from across the country who have had an impact on the conservative movement using the training they received from the Leadership Institute. The evening was a roaring success and everyone at LI would like to thank the Gala sponsors who made the evening possible.
LI trains over forty students at Writing Workshop
November 19, 2009
LI trains over forty students at Writing Workshop
The Leadership Institute welcomed over 40 students to its headquarters in Arlington, VA on November 17-18, 2009 for the Writing Workshop. Veterans of journalism and communications in the conservative movement offered the students practical tips on how to improve their writing skills. The training covered essential topics for one to succeed in the field, such as how to write op-eds and press releases.
$75,000, $50,000 and $25,000 JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2010
November 16, 2009
$75,000, $50,000 and $25,000 JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2010
$75,000, $50,000 and $25,000 JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2010 Applications Available for Print and Online Journalists Washington, DC, November 16, 2009 -- The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2010 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible. The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system. The Phillips Foundation awards $75,000 and $50,000 full-time fellowships and $25,000 part-time fellowships to undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the Foundation offers separate yearlong fellowships on the environment, on the benefits of free-market competition, and on law enforcement. There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from current and former Phillips Fellows. Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic. The Foundation awarded 10 fellowships in 2009: Full-time Fellowships Sheryl Blunt for “The Assault on School Choice: How Teachers Unions' Opposition to Vouchers is Impacting America's Most Vulnerable School Children” Michael Dougherty for “Blowup: The Contradictions of the Economic Crisis” Gary Emerling for “Police State or Probable Cause: The Employment, Effectiveness and Legal Validity of Law Enforcement Checkpoints in the United States” Evan Hill for “Sanctuary: How the Fate of One Troubled Policy is Shaping the Debate on Immigration.” Part-time Fellowships Reilly Capps for “The Continental Divide: How the West's Geography Carves the Political and Cultural Future of America – or How the Nanny State Took over the Wild West” James Kirchick for “Transnational Progressivism and the Threat to America” Christian Lowe for “Answering the Call: Why Some in ‘Generation Y' Abandon a Life of Comfort and Prosperity to Risk Everything and Fight America's Wars” Stephen Morse for “My Two Census” which examines why the 2010 census could become the most controversial data-gathering process in history. Alumni Fund Fellowships Katherine Truesdell for “Caught in the Web: an Exploration of the Left's Power Online and What It Means for the Right” Robert VerBruggen for “Race and the American Academy,” which explores how American universities study race and racism, how they handle racial issues on campus and how these trends affect the broader society. The Foundation is looking for journalism projects which are both original and publishable. The winners will deliver four installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical or as a book. Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2010. The winners will be announced next May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington. The starting date for the fellowships is September 1, 2010. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. For an application, visit us here, or contact: The Phillips Foundation, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001, Attention: John Farley. Phone: 202-250-3887, ext. 609. E-mail.
The Leadership Institute takes training to New England
November 16, 2009
The Leadership Institute takes training to New England
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. The attendees were primarily pro-family activists and will utilize the training to become better online activists.
Leadership Institute Graduate Sweeps School Board Election
November 9, 2009
Leadership Institute Graduate Sweeps School Board Election
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 Youth Leadership School is the Leadership Institute's flagship school, nicknamed “the boot camp of politics.” This training provides students with effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates and causes of your choice. The Youth Leadership School has launched more successful political careers than any other Leadership Institute training program. Carla said, I used the knowledge and training from my experience with LI and other trainings I have been to in my campaign. I think what made the most positive impact for me was getting out and pounding the pavement, meeting people one on one. I am honored to have been giving this opportunity and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Topics covered in the YLS include: •Building an effective student organization •Getting out the vote •Earned media (favorable publicity) •Developing a public relations strategy •Launching a successful career in politics This school is held on college campuses across the country and at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Apply to a YLS here!
Atlas Presents the Sound Money Project
November 4, 2009
Atlas Presents the Sound Money Project
Launched in January 2009, the Sound Money Project at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation is engaging experts in the task of developing and refining a set of “sound money” principles with relevance to the world's current challenges. The Project also intends to mobilize think tanks and scholars to be more active in promoting public policies that are consistent with these principles. One way Atlas plans to mobilize these groups is through the Sound Money Essay Contest. The deadline for submission is November 24th, 2009, with a top prize of $5,000. To be eligible to win a prize within the Sound Money Essay Contest, contestants must be a legal resident of the U.S. or engaged as a full-time student in the U.S. Contestants must also be no more than 35 years old on the date of the contest deadline.
Twenty-seven students trained in Pinehurst, NC
November 2, 2009
Twenty-seven students trained in Pinehurst, NC
On October 29-30, 2009, twenty-seven students attended a Youth Leadership School in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Many of the attendees were homeschoolers learning to fight for their causes and candidates. The students plan to use their Leadership Institute training to organize a conservative youth group in the Pinehurst area.
Apply now for the 2010-11 Koch Associate Program
November 2, 2009
Apply now for the 2010-11 Koch Associate Program
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. When pursuing a career, people often don't realize the great job opportunities that market-oriented non-profit organizations provide for those interested in advancing the ideas of a free society. The Associate Program is a great way to jumpstart that career, because we help Associates develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a successful future with free-market think tanks, policy institutes, or other non-profit organizations. While in the program, Associates are placed into a full-time role with a reputable organization where they work four days each week. The positions available to Associates cover various fields such as policy analysis, donor relations, program management, legal reform, public relations, and marketing. A full list of the organizations where Associates work along with some examples of project placements can be found on our website. Then, one day each week, Associates come together in a seminar setting at the Foundation to engage in reading discussions and group projects, network with their peers, listen to guest speakers, and learn how to apply Market-Based Management® in a non-profit setting through interactive exercises and workshops. The Koch Associate Program is a full-time position. Associates receive a competitive wage and benefits package commensurate with experience and education.
Conservative Hawaiians say ‘Enough!’ to the status quo
October 30, 2009
Conservative Hawaiians say ‘Enough!’ to the status quo
The Leadership Institute continues its fifty-state strategy by bringing grassroots training to the 50th state. Politicians, activists, and community leaders came together this week in Hawaii in a show of solidarity with the clear message, "Less Government, More Liberty.” Over 125 conservative political activists from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island attended a week-long series of grassroots training sessions designed to make them more effective in communication, fundraising, and political organizing. Several current and former state elected officials, candidates for the office of US Congress and the Lt. Governor of Hawaii were among the high caliber list of attendees. Local business owners and the heads of several public policy organizations also attended the training. Attendees were very grateful to the Institute and its donors for helping them fight the battle against tax and spend big government liberals.
LI Trains over 50 Activists in Texas
October 27, 2009
LI Trains over 50 Activists in Texas
On Saturday, October 24, 2009, LI trained over 50 activists at the Doss Heritage and Cultural Center in Weatherford, Texas. While most of the students hailed from the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, there were a few that made the trek from places much farther away, including two eager college students from St. Louis, Missouri. Attendees of the Grassroots Campaign School were energized, and one thing was certain after the day-long training; Don't Mess With Texas Conservatives!
Campaign Manager School Set for December
October 24, 2009
Campaign Manager School Set for December
Hit the ground running in 2010: Attend the Leadership Institute's Campaign Manager School, the premier training program for campaign managers. To put it simply, this school teaches you how to manage campaigns and win. With a strong emphasis on grassroots organization and effective media strategy, the school is led by experts who know campaigns and have run them successfully. A five-day program, the Campaign Manager School is comprehensive. You learn the essentials from writing the campaign plan to building your campaign structure. From there you learn about fundraising, including how to put together a finance committee, as well as how to solicit donors. You'll also gain info on how to target voters and build and develop your campaign's winning message. Other topics covered include: recruiting and motivating volunteers building coalitions winning earned media coverage online fundraising and much, much more. The next Campaign Manager School is December 7-11 in Arlington, Virginia. The cost is $250. Call 1-800-827-5323 today for all the details or go to www.LeadershipInstitute.org.
Gun Rights Supporters to March in D.C. in April
October 23, 2009
Gun Rights Supporters to March in D.C. in April
Second Amendment March, a grassroots organization of gun-rights supporters, is organizing a series of marches next year around the country, culminating in a national march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2010. Organizers are seeking state coordinators to organize the local marches in all fifty states. Help is also needed in promotion of the event. You can spread the word by joining the march's Facebook group and following them on Twitter. The Twitter page is http://twitter.com/2amarch. March organizers stress the non-partisan nature of the event saying that the event is open to anyone who believes strongly in the Constitution. To learn more, go to www.secondamendmentmarch.com.
Campaign Draws Attention to National Debt
October 23, 2009
Campaign Draws Attention to National Debt
The national debt. It seems so abstract. You hear the numbers. You know it's not good, but it doesn't seem to affect you directly. But it does. DefeatTheDebt.com is a new multi-media campaign designed to educate Americans on the size, scope, and dangers associated with America's rapidly soaring debt. The group is running ads on cable television and in newspapers around the country. The group's website also offers an easy-to-understand explanation of how large the debt is and why the nation's debt matters as well as how it personally impacts your life. At press time, the national debt stands at $11.9 trillion with nearly $2.5 billion in debt added on a daily basis. As the site points out, it's hard for those numbers alone to really affect most people. But when you realize—as the site goes on to explain—that our national debt is now larger than the economies of China, the United Kingdom, and Australia combined, you begin to get the picture. To learn more about the debt and what you can do to make your voice heard on this issue, go to www.DefeatTheDebt.com.
IHS Awards Fellowship Recipients up to $12,000
October 23, 2009
IHS Awards Fellowship Recipients up to $12,000
The Institute for Humane Studies is accepting applications for its 2010-2011 Humane Studies Fellowships from undergraduate and graduate students interested in the “principles, practices and institutions necessary for a free society.” Fellowship recipients will receive up to $12,000 each. The program, launched in 1983, awarded 165 fellowships this year. Past winners have conducted research in areas such as: • impediments to economic growth in developing countries • market-based solutions to environmental policy • the role of patient autonomy in bioethics • the relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal policy, and economic performance. Applicants for the 2010-2011 fellowship must be full-time students in a graduate program or juniors or seniors in an undergraduate program at a U.S. college or university. The application deadline is December 31, 2009. Go to www.theihs.org to learn more or to begin the online application process.
37th Annual CPAC Set for February 18-20 in Nation’s Capital
October 23, 2009
37th Annual CPAC Set for February 18-20 in Nation’s Capital
Conservatives will convene at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. for the 37th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference February 18-20, 2010. The event features addresses from top conservative leaders and media personalities as well as smaller break-out training sessions. Registration prices vary anywhere from $175 to $750. However, students with a valid student ID can attend the general sessions and exhibitor hall for $25. Students interested in volunteering at the conference can receive free lodging and meals during the conference. E-mail Vincent Galatro at vgalatro@conservative.org for a volunteer application. Your Leadership Institute is one of the cosponsors of CPAC 2010 and will offer training sessions during the conference. To get all the details on CPAC, go to www.cpac.org. You can follow CPAC on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cpacnews.
2009 Balance in Media Fellowship recipient Josiah Ryan describes his experience interning for the Jerusalem Post in Israel.
October 21, 2009
2009 Balance in Media Fellowship recipient Josiah Ryan describes his experience interning for the Jerusalem Post in Israel.
With the burden of heavy video equipment I had hiked narrow streets since dawn, turning endless corners, and chasing rumors of war that whispered with a fury through the unsettled city. Tensions simmered among the religious population, and this morning, a Friday, was the most important day of prayer in the week for rival occupants of Jerusalem, Muslims and Jews. A blockade imposed by platoons of Israeli paratroopers prevented Muslim men from approaching the third holiest site of their religion, the Temple Mount. Military boots and guns maintained the artifice of peace that I doubt reflected the reality in the surrounding neighborhoods. One important principle I have tried to take as a mentee of some of the Jerusalem Post's best writers while reporting on a Leadership Institute Broadcast Journalism Fellowship, is that in tough conditions tenacity and patience are the reporter's race. The last man standing often brings the story home to his newspaper. Regardless of handicaps, the chief among them being language, I had often reaped the rewards of patience and longsuffering in previous months at the Post. I won interviews with political stars from around the world, gained front page spots in the print edition, and was sent on exciting adventures through the Holy Land. Television camera and notebook in hand I had chased stories across rooftops of crumbling tenements, crawled through the ancient mud of caves and graves, and tiptoed into the thickest conditions of what might be called a normal Middle Eastern day. When three explosions reverberated out across the valley opposite of my position near the Old City's walls I knew I had my story and I began running in that direction. I was carrying a JPOST TV camera and unlike other photographers who ran with me, I wore no Kevlar helmet. It's difficult to explain what it's like to report from the heart of a battle between suburbs of angry Palestinians and the smartest urban combat force in the world. Every brick dropped on us from the three storied buildings that lined the streets, every shot fired, every terrified scream of distressed mothers, and the blood, even in small amounts were, of course, terrifying. Time stopped but in my head was the task before me as a newsman. I must capture this for the viewership. The silence fell in minutes, but it felt like hours. I was exhausted with the same sensation one might have after running a marathon. There had been about 23 serious injuries in total but I escaped, intact and with video that headlined the Jerusalem Posts website for the weekend and scooped the competition. I also emerged with the idea that I should write my sponsors at the Leadership Institute and ask them to mail me a helmet post haste. Of course in reality, reporting is always hard work, always long work, and always low paid work with little glory, but it is usually quite safe. Most of my days are passed in perfect tranquility. Safe or unsafe, however, I understand as a conservative that the challenges in storm and in calm are worthwhile. I understand that a robust and fearless press is the cornerstone of democracy and crucial to the endurance of freedom. As my work continues, I am grateful to Morton Blackwell, Eric Slee, the Leadership Institute, and its many strong supporters for choosing me as a partner. The Leadership Institute has armed me with vast amounts of potent technical and ideological conservative training and placed me in positions where I could fight for those beliefs. Since the Leadership Institute recruited me to come to Washington in the summer of 2007 it has remained my greatest ally.
LI Trains over 40 Texans at Latest Youth Leadership School
October 21, 2009
LI Trains over 40 Texans at Latest Youth Leadership School
Over the weekend of October 17-18, 2009, the Leadership Institute held a Youth Leadership School in College Station, Texas. Forty-three students attended from colleges such as Baylor, Texas State, TCU, Texas A&M. Fernando Trevino of Del Rio, Texas, stated “I honestly feel that I learned more this weekend than I had in the time I spent as a congressional intern, county co-chair, and volunteer.” A number of TEA Party activists from San Antonio also attended the training. The night before the training, many of the YLS students protested Socialized Medicine at President Obama's speech in College Station. The next Youth Leadership School will be held in Pinehurst, NC, on October 29-30.
LI graduate and faculty member named rising star
October 13, 2009
LI graduate and faculty member named rising star
Princella Smith, a graduate of the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Activist School, was named a rising GOP star by Politico. In an article dated September 30, 2009, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is quoted calling Princella “one of the most talented people I've met.” Mary Matalin calls her “the total package” whose “greatest gift is the passion she brings to conservatism.” Princella has lectured at several Leadership Institute trainings including the February 2009 Campaign Manager School. She currently serves as communications director for Representative Joseph Cao of Lousiana.
LI trains over 75 students in Carson City, NV
October 9, 2009
LI trains over 75 students in Carson City, NV
Over 75 conservative elected officials, candidates and activists gathered for the Leadership Institute's Campaign School Held on Saturday, October 5, 2009 in Carson City, NV. Representatives from the Governor's office, the Nevada State House, and local offices were trained on how to become more effective in campaigning and public policy. The day-long training was held at Carson City's Plaza Hotel in the Convention Center and featured notable national speakers such as Joel Mowbray, Robert Arnakis, and Robert Cahaly. As the 2010 political races begin to heat up Nevada's voters want their voices to be heard and from the looks of this weekend's training, Nevada politicians are paying close attention. The Leadership Institute training was so well received that additional trainings will possibly be scheduled in Reno, Las Vegas, and Winnemucca.
Former Secretary of the Navy addresses guests at the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
October 8, 2009
Former Secretary of the Navy addresses guests at the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
On October 7, 2009, more than 70 guests filled the FM Kirby National Training Center to listen to former Secretary of the Navy, Dr. John Lehman at this month's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. The large crowd enjoyed listening to the Reagan White House secretary appraise the, “State of our Defenses.” It was a dynamic speech, and Secretary Lehman assured the crowd that we must continue to work toward filling all ranks with sharp, young conservatives.
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