The weekend was filled with networking opportunities, panels, lectures, exhibit halls, and social events. There were students from high schools and colleges all across the world, all gathered in one place to promote the fight for less government and more liberty. I was proud to be one of the young activists among them.
I left with a bag full of books and pamphlets, several dozen business cards, and countless photos from the weekend's events. I learned a lot from the speakers and panelists, and made several new friends.
Most importantly, I left inspired. There were over a thousand young activists at this conference eager to get more involved in the fight for freedom and liberty.
The media tries to say that young people are a lost cause, and conservative and liberty-minded policies have no chance of gaining support from the next generation. I think this conference proved them wrong.
Of course, there is still more work to be done. Millennials overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and many young people still identify themselves as supporters of the Democratic Party. That said, I think we're headed in the right direction.
It takes more than rallies and conferences to win elections, but gathering supporters and motivating the crowd is an essential first step.
With more events like ISFLC, young people will be encouraged and inspired to get involved in the political arena. Millennials are the future of our country, and including them in our political discussions should be a top priority.