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Nolan Gray Wins Young Voices Award

Last weekend, Young Voices teamed up with the Reason Foundation to recognize an excellent libertarian writer under 30 at FreedomFest in Las Vegas. I’m happy to announce that the first winner of the Young Voices Award is Nolan Gray. Nolan joined Young Voices is April 2017 as a graduate student studying city planning at Rutger’s University. Young Voices worked with Nolan to tailor his writings on market urbanism to mainstream outlets, getting him published in CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. Thanks in part to our help, Nolan’s profile quickly rose as one of the rising stars in his field. Just this month, he announced his new job as a planner for the City of New York. Nolan stands as Young Voices’ strongest example of how our media mentorship can lead to potential real-life policy consequences. Congratulations!

If you know a talented young writer like Nolan, please encourage him or her to apply to Young Voices. But don’t wait — the deadline is July 31st! 

Announcing Young Voices’ Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

This past year has been a record-breaking one for Young Voices. Our network of pro-liberty writers under 30 published 379 op-eds, made 87 appearances on TV and radio, and launched new partnerships and programs with some of the liberty movement’s biggest names.

I am proud to present our Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report.

FY18 Annual Report

None of this would have been possible without the support of our 98 donors over the past year. Would you consider becoming our 99th? Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our mission of empowering the next generation of thought leaders for liberty.

Introducing Young Voices’ Summer Interns

Young Voices is excited to welcome our summer interns! For nine weeks, these three young professionals will be assisting our staff from our Washington, DC office, working to take our Advocate Program to new heights. Learn more about each of them below.

Bradley Polumbo is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying economics and political science. On campus, Bradley is involved with free-speech advocacy and Second Amendment issues. He is a former editor and columnist for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the largest daily student newspaper in New England. His work has landed him in National ReviewFox News and on the Kirby Wilbur Radio Show. Bradley will be working with Young Voices’ Managing Editor Liz Wolfe this summer, editing articles and prospecting for publications to expand our organization’s media reach.

Scott Bledsoe grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2017 with a double major in American studies and political science. He currently attends American University in Washington, DC, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in political communication. Prior to joining Young Voices Scott was a communications intern for the Democratic National Committee. He will be working with Public Relations Manager Stephen Kent this summer, managing Young Voices’ social media accounts and expanding our organization’s outreach to TV and radio outlets.


 David Doerr is a senior at Hillsdale College pursuing a double major in political science and history. He hails from Bad Axe, Michigan and is the oldest to ten children. He will be working with Executive Director Casey Given this summer, researching prospective supporters, editing grants, and producing promotional materials related to Young Voices’ programs.