Youth Leadership School banner

Youth Leadership School

50 days until event begins

What you will learn

The Leadership Institute's Youth Leadership School (YLS) is a two-day, comprehensive campaign activism training that provides the tools to be an effective youth leader for candidates and causes of their choice. This "bootcamp of politics" is an essential training for anyone who wants to be active in the political process.

You will learn to:

  • Organize large numbers of volunteers and voters
  • Increase the size and effectiveness of your group
  • Motivate volunteers with exciting projects
  • Host successful speaker events
  • Develop eye-catching signs and literature
  • Gain media coverage
  • Organize activism projects you can implement immediately

One free resume consultation is included in your registration.

Download Flyer


Starts Saturday, November 9

Sat 9:   8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sun 10:   8:30 AM - 7:00 PM


Champaign, IL 61820 Map


$30.00 $5.00 discount for early registration until 11/9/19 Your Cost: $25.00


David Blair's Photo

David Blair

Contact David with your questions.

What graduates say

Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

President, Americans for Prosperity

Decades ago, the Youth Leadership School literally launched my political career. I'm so thankful for Morton Blackwell and The Leadership Institute.

Lauren Cooley

Lauren Cooley

Editor, Red Alert Politics

Taking the YLS as a college student gave me invaluable insight on how campaigns function and how I could make myself into an asset for candidates and causes I care about.

Jesus Rodriguez

Jesus Rodriguez

Hispanic Initiatives Coordinator, Republican National Committee

Attending the Youth Leadership School was enriching and empowering. It provided a robust foundation for me to develop my young career in conservative politics. I would highly recommend to any individual seeking to take the next step in their political career.

Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson

Political Director, Bruce Poliquin for Congress

The Youth Leadership School really took my political career to the next level. Without the people I met and the lessons I learned in the YLS, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Daniel Weldon

Daniel Weldon

Youth Director, Keith Perry, FL State Senator

The YLS is a vital training for anyone in conservative politics. It helped me grow the movement on my campus and get a Youth Director position with a campaign.

Your faculty

Ryan Brann

Ryan Brann

Regional Field Coordinator

Ryan Brann is the Regional Field Coordinator for much of the Midwest, overseeing Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. His tasks involve engaging with students throughout these states, helping invite speakers, and establishing conservative clubs on campus.

Ryan first became involved with politics in 2015, working as an intern for the Maine Republican Party. In both 2016 and 2017 he returned to the Maine GOP, serving as their Intern Coordinator. After graduating from The University of Maine in the spring of 2018, he was hired as State Field Director for the Shawn Moody for Governor campaign.

While pursuing his degree in economics, Ryan was involved with both College Republicans and Students For Liberty. In 2016 he ran as a house candidate for his state legislature, earning one of the highest vote counts as a Republican in a deep blue district.

Upcoming Dates:

Sep. 21, 2019 Charlottesville , VA (This is a 2-day school)
Sep. 21, 2019 Philadelphia , PA (This is a 2-day school)
Sep. 28, 2019 Atlanta , GA (This is a 2-day school)
Sep. 28, 2019 Minneapolis , MN (This is a 2-day school)
Oct. 5, 2019 Bismarck , ND (This is a 2-day school)