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Introducing Young Voices’ New Staff

It’s been a busy month for Young Voices. First, we gave a lecture to 50+ young libertarian writers at the International Students For Liberty Conference (check out SFL’s recording from Facebook Live). The very next weekend, our writers took the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by storm, with Advocate Natalie Le featured in Teen Vogue and executive director Casey Given quoted in Vice on the alt-right.

Now, we’re getting ready to onboard three new hires for Young Voices at the end of the month. Our expanded team presents an unprecedented opportunity for Young Voices to identify more rising stars in the liberty network and empower them with the media training needed to get their bright ideas out in the public.

Introducing Young Voices’ new staff:

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.37.06 PMLiz Wolfe graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2016 after taking breaks from school to live and work in D.C., Chile, and Mexico. As a Young Voices Advocate for over one year, her writing has been published in Bustle, Reason, Truthout, FEE, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch on a myriad of topics (most of them related to criminal justice). As Young Voices’ new Managing Editor, Liz will be Young Voices’ primary programs officer, editing and pitching our Advocates’ commentary to media outlets around the world. When she’s not writing and editing, she’s rock climbing at her local bouldering gym and eating tacos at home in Austin, Texas. Liz is already on her first assignment for Young Voices, covering South by Southwest. You can follow her on Twitter at @lizzywol.

headshot2Lucy Steigerwald is a writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Playboy, Reason, The American Conservative, Vice, the Daily Beast, and the Washington Post. Previously, she worked as an associate editor for Reason Magazine, as a freelance editor for the New York Observer, and is currently a contributing editor at As Young Voices’ new Assistant Editor, Lucy will be focusing on mentoring our young writers as well as contributing her own pieces. Steigerwald graduated from Chatham University, and takes the occasional photograph. She’s angry about war and prisons. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyStag.

Headshot for YVStephen Kent is a graduate of political science from UNC-Greensboro. After college, he was a Field Director for Generation Opportunity in Raleigh, North Carolina and went on to serve as deputy press secretary and then digital strategist for the national millennial-focused organization. As Young Voices’ new Public Relations Manager, Stephen will be focusing on getting our Advocates onto radio and TV as well as managing our web presence. Stephen is passionate about millennial politics, criminal justice reform and consensus building in an increasingly polarized world. When he is not working or podcasting about Star Wars, Stephen loves long hikes with his wife and young daughter. You can follow him on Twitter at @Stephen_Kent89.


Advocate Natalie Featured in Teen Vogue

Natalie Le Advocate Natalie Le was quoted and photographed in Teen Vogue at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on President Donald Trump’s first month in office:

“Personally, I do not like the executive orders he has issued, especially for the travel ban and building a wall. As a superpower, we do need to trade with other countries and we do need to accept immigrants into our country. It’s only by diversity that we can progress as a society. What I do like about Donald Trump is that he has the mentality to get things done. Although I don’t support the issues he advocates for, he has managed to make that happen through executive order.”

You can read the full feature here.


Executive Director Casey Given Quoted in Vice on the Alt-right

Young Voices Executive Director Casey Given was quoted in Vice at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about the relationship between conservatives and the alt-right:

“This is really kind of a battle that’s tearing apart the heart and soul of the conservative movement right now, especially in the age of President Trump,” said Casey Given, executive director of Young Voices, a group of millennial libertarians, who was at CPAC.

The article is available online here.


LGBT Groups Should be Upset Over Trump’s Letter, but the Effect on Transgender Students Shouldn’t be Overstated

On Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education issued a joint Dear Colleague letter withdrawing federal guidance promising transgender public school students access to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. The Obama administration controversially extended such protection last year, warning that schools that failed to comply were at risk of losing federal funding for violating Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination based on sex.

Yesterday’s letter claimed the previous guidance did not “contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.” As a result, the Trump administration will give “due regard for the primary role of states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups are understandably up in arms after the letter. However, the effect of the withdrawal should not be overstated. The effect of the letter will likely be marginal considering how divisive Obama-era guidance was from the outset.

Read the rest at Rare…


Young Voices Launches Spring Campus Pundit Program

Last fall, Young Voices launched our Campus Pundit Program, rewarding students for advocating for free speech on their college campus. Thanks to the talented work of our applicants and editing team, 18 op-eds were placed in student newspapers across the U.S. at notable schools including Berkeley, William & Mary, the University of Michigan, Clemson, and the University of Alabama.

Young Voices is pleased to announce that we are bringing the program back in the spring with a focus on investigative journalism. From speech-stifling administrators to spendthrift student governments, there is a lot that goes unnoticed at universities today. Young Voices will reward any student who can successfully place an article promoting transparency in their student or local newspaper with $50.

Click here for more information, including how to apply.