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afl-2015-relaunchYou know that libertarian moment we’ve all been waiting for? It may just be upon us.

Today, Young Americans for Liberty and Students For Liberty – the two largest pro-liberty student organizations in the world – are joining forces to bring you a fully integrated alumni network: the bigger and better Alumni For Liberty!

Born of a need to accommodate the growing and increasingly active pro-liberty alumni community, AFL aims to connect alumni to each other and to student leaders like never before. You can click here to view a video announcement from SFL’s President Alexander McCobin and YAL’s Executive Director Jeff Frazee. But here’s a sneak peek at what Alumni For Liberty has to offer:

  • A bigger network than ever before. With the ability to connect with both SFL and YAL alums, the new AFL gives you access to a bigger liberty family than you’ll know what to do with. Whether the network helps you find your next job, a new friend, or partners for a project, we’re excited to see what our alumni can do together!

  • New resources for members. We’ve revisited the question of what alumni want from a network like AFL and are pleased to announce that we’ll be rolling out many new programs in the coming months. From career support to ongoing education, AFL aims to offer resources that empower you to advance liberty in your life.

  • Opportunities to support students leaders in new and creative ways. More than anything else, AFL is a way to give back to the student liberty movement. You’ll have increased ability to direct your donations towards projects you care about through programs like SFL’s Student Disorientation activism grant project.

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For only $10 per month, you will help provide much needed financial support to the next generation of pro-liberty student activists. If you enjoyed your experience in SFL or YAL, now is the time to join AFL and continue to advance the cause of liberty. Even if YAL or SFL did not exist during your college days, you can still join and receive full benefits!

Your participation makes all the difference. While $10 per month not seem like much, 1,000 alumni supporting at that level allows us to dedicate an additional $120,000 per year for YAL and SFL’s student programs.

So spread the word, get involved, and enjoy the new Alumni For Liberty!

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Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the Faith Entrepreneur Prize, which offers $100,000 to a young social entrepreneur looking to change the world through faith-based community engagement. The prize is part of Forbes’ Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition and the judges are looking for an “entrepreneur of the spirit” who has created a charitable organization that might be the next Repair the World, World Vision, Interfaith Youth Core, Science for Monks, American Islamic Congress, or Focus. As reflected in these examples, the prize is not intended to celebrate any particular faith tradition or notion of God, and applications are welcome from anywhere in the world.  (more…)

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Political involvement is an important part of being a responsible citizen. In addition to making your voice heard, being politically engaged allows you to learn more about your community and connect with the people around you. It’s important to understand the ideas of liberty and connect with fellow classical liberals, but it’s critical that we also connect with those from across the political spectrum. This not only allows us to better understand how our ideas are seen or understood by others, but opens to door for creative collaboration towards a freer world.   

That’s one reason that, this September, SFL’s president, Alexander McCobin, will be addressing the upcoming United We Stand Festival, hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. The conference aims to bring together socially-conscious political and cultural leaders in order discuss and debate electoral processes. (more…)

It’s crunch time on campus! As we head into Student Disorientation Season, SFL wants to help you reach new students…before your professors do. Below, you’ll find some excellent tabling tips from our Great Plains Regional Director, Wade Craig, and we’ll be sharing stories of success over the next two weeks to help you plan exceptional events. Be sure to apply for SFL’s Student Disorientation Grant if you’ve got a creative idea for an outreach event!

At the University of Oklahoma (OU), Students For Liberty recently completed a fantastically successful tabling session at the freshmen involvement fair. With 95 new members’ contact information added to our listserv – and a couple dozen pounds of tabling supplies removed from our closets – we are well poised for a successful school year spreading liberty at OU! Here are some tips for campus activists who want to get their clubs started off right:

1. Bring something interactive.
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We used a “What should you be able to sell?” activity that grabbed people’s attention and encouraged participation from even apathetic and hostile students. It’s not often that someone walking down the sidewalk gets asked whether they should be allowed to sell their kidneys. This was a great way to draw people in and explain what kinds of things we discuss at meetings.
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Academic Programs Associate

Students For Liberty is currently seeking a passionate and professional individual to grow online leadership training and academic programs internationally. SFL Academy is designed to develop students in SFL both intellectually and professionally. This individual will oversee marketing and execution of multiple existing programs housed in the academy and will substantively contribute to the development of new programs as well.

Responsibilities

  • Training students to help them achieve effective activism, intellectual development, and professional growth
  • Oversight and execution of online training programs such as Leading Liberty Academy, Virtual Reading Groups, Virtual Speaker’s Bureau
  • Development of new courses targeted at the needs of SFL students
  • Acquiring and collaborating with instructors on course development and logistics
  • Marketing and growing SFL Academy programs internationally

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