From 2001 to 2008, the Arsalyn Program sponsored a national conference designed to serve as a respectful, neutral forum where diverse individuals promoting youth civic and political engagement can meet as collegues. In addition to opportunities for networking, Arsalyn’s national conferences enabled participants to look at ways to get involved in the democratic process and develop a sense of common purpose in working toward their goals.
Arsalyn's national conferences were open to individuals and organizations that identified with Arsalyn's mission and work to promote youth civic and political engagement. Arsalyn provided funding for participants’ travel, lodging, food, and conference materials. To optimize interaction between participants attendance was limited to 150 people.
Our conferences featured renowned speakers who represented a wide variety of political views. Our speakers have included:
Peter Beinart: Former Editor in Chief of The New Republic magazine.
David Bobb: Professor of Political Science at Hillsdale College
Mark Gerzon: Co-Chair of Reuniting America
Amy Holmes: Political correspondent on CNN.
Phil Huckleberry: Steering Committee Co-chair Green Party of the United States.
John P McConnell: Current White House Speechwriter.
Mike McCurry: Former Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton.
David Mark: Senior editor at The Politico.
William Powers: Respected journalist writing for The Atlantic and National Journal. Eugene Robinson: Columnist with The Washington Post.
Larry Sabato: Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.