The Heritage Foundation joined forces with the popular activist group Turning Point USA at its recent Student Action Summit to help inform the next generation about conservative principles and solutions to America’s biggest issues.
This was the third year in a row Heritage had a booth at the Student Action Summit. Heritage staff were strategically positioned next to the entrance of the convention center to allow for the maximum amount of contact with attendees.
Turning Point USA’s mission is to “build the most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network on high school and college campuses across the country.” According to its website, the organization has a presence on more than 2,000 campuses.
“Heritage is always glad to join forces with Turning Point USA to reach a wider audience for conservative policies,” said Helena Richardson, director of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program. “Students really resonate with Heritage’s conservative messages that counter the socialist and leftist ideas they often hear on their college campuses.”
Heritage staff have presented at the Student Action Summit in the past. In 2019, Lauren Evans and Virginia Allen, hosts of the popular Daily Signal podcast “Problematic Women,” recorded an interview with Turning Point USA contributor Morgan Zeggers before a live audience. They discussed the rise of socialism within the women’s movement and how the sexual revolution hijacked the real progress made for women’s rights.
Visitors to Heritage’s booth received materials designed to be quickly and easily shared with others. These included the popular “Solutions 2020” pocket cards containing conservative policy proposals on the most pressing issues of the day. Heritage staff also distributed a pocket-sized U.S. Constitution, stickers, and pins.
“The pocket cards consistently prove to be a big hit,” said Kelley Babphavong, an outreach coordinator for Heritage’s Young Leaders Program who attended the Student Action Summit.
Heritage promoted the pocket cards at previous Turning Point USA conferences and some students returned to Heritage’s booth to ask if they were available again.
The Student Action Summit also gave Heritage the opportunity to discuss its new Academy initiative, a 12-week virtual program targeted toward students, young professionals, and civic leaders to teach the foundational principles of American political thought and the important policy debates facing our country.