All posts by Casey Given

A Day in the Life of Young Voices

I’m often asked, “What’s a typical day like at Young Voices?” The truth is, there are no typical days in the fast-paced world of media relations. Young Voices is constantly looking for new opportunities and angles to spread the message of liberty to the masses.

But, to give you a better idea of our work, I’d like to share what our Advocates and staff were up yesterday. With respects to John Lennon, I give you “A Day in the Life of Young Voices.”

Articles are the cornerstone of Young Voices’ operations. Yesterday, Editors Liz Wolfe and Lucy Steigerwald made edits on 14 op-eds, pitched four, and had two published.

Among the highlights, Advocate Charlie Katehbi wrote in The Hill how the new tax law, while an improvement, failed to address many of the tax code’s perverse incentives pertaining to health care. In National Review, Advocate Dan King explains why the City of Miami ended their red-light camera program and makes the case for other localities to follow suit.

Meanwhile, Public Relations Manager Stephen Kent was in New York City at the offices of Fox taping an appearance on Kennedy. This is part of a broader effort by Young Voices to get our Advocates onto more TV and radio outlets to spread the message of liberty beyond the written word. Continue reading

Announcing Young Voices’ Winter 2017 Quarterly Report

On behalf of Young Voices’ network of 50+ writers, I’d like to wish you a happy holiday season. 2017 has been a momentous year for our work spreading the message of liberty in print and across the airwaves around the world.

We transformed our keystone Advocate Program, raised the bar for participation, accepted a new crop of writers, and drastically expanded our TV and radio output. We doubled down on our popular Campus Pundit Program, rewarding college students for publishing op-eds defending free speech on their college campus. Finally, we launched a new program, the Free Society Fellowship, aimed at tackling the threat that illiberal populism presents to a peaceful and prosperous world.

All of this would not have been possible the support of our donors, partner organizations, Advocates, and alumni. For that, I am extremely grateful and excited to share some updates.

3 Reasons to Support Young Voices on #GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, which means that your inbox is probably flooded with emails from lots of great causes asking for a contribution. I’ll be honest: this is another ask. So, let’s cut to the chase. Here’s three reasons to consider supporting Young Voices —

REASON #1: We are helping drive the conversation.
From the New York Times to the Washington Post, the media are responding to Young Voices articles. We’re helping change the conversation from collectivism to liberty by presenting a youthful face to old media giants.

REASON #2: We punch above our weight.
Young Voices’ annual budget is only $250k — fairly modest in the nonprofit world. Yet, operating with limited resources, Young Voices’ network of 60+ writers has published 208 op-eds and made 32 TV/radio appearances over the past six months. That’s an average of two media hits per weekday!

REASON #3: We’re making an impact on young professionals’ careers.
Young Voices has a network of 200 alumni — young professionals who we’ve helped with media training, op-ed placement, and TV/radio appearances. Many of these individuals have moved on to make impressive careers as policy analysts, executive directors, and even professors. Here’s just one endorsement from Jason Russell, a Young Voices alumnus who now manages the Washington Examiner‘s opinion section:

“Young Voices was essential in kickstarting my journalism career. From developing my writing skills to the extra exposure, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of Young Voices. As the program grows, I’m impressed by what Young Voices advocates are doing to spread liberty in the U.S. and around the world.”

Your contribution on Giving Tuesday can help Young Voices impact more young writers’ future like Jason’s. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help Young Voices make liberty mainstream.