Young Voices regularly offers opportunities throughout the country for our writers, partners and friends to learn about and discuss pressing policy issues— with panels featuring a wide variety of viewpoints. There may not be a consensus by the end of the night, but we can promise you will be leaving more informed (and probably with a couple of new friends).  We also host happy hours, holiday parties, and the occasional meetup for our writers. Our schedule is always ramping up, too and we’re often adding new events around the country—and sometimes across the sea! So, please, keep checking back, and register for a Young Voices event in your area!

Have a question about an event? Or maybe an idea for a future one? Email questions and comments to Director of External Affairs Emma Ayers at [email protected]

What's Coming Up...

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: Reason Speakeasy with Alexandra Hudson:The Soul of Civility

Tue, October 10, 2023 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM ET

New York, NY

Join us for The Reason Speakeasy, a lively monthly conversation featuring bold advocates of free thinking. Experience an unscripted discussion that’s also a live recording of The Reason Interview podcast, and delve into cutting-edge topics and camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: Housing Abundance Panel

Thu, October 12, 2023

Washington, DC

Join us at Altria’s sleek headquarters in DC on October 12th for a panel on the future of housing. Our expert panel will delve into the power of increased housing supply to uplift marginalized communities. Come, engage in enriching discussion with like-minded folks—all within our larger exploration of how free markets can empower the traditionally disadvantaged! Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Past Events

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: 10th Anniversary Party

Fri, September 15, 2023

Washington, DC

Celebrate with us at “A Decade of Impact,” our 10th Anniversary Party at the historic DACOR Bacon house in DC on Sept 15th. Join supporters, contributors, and friends for an evening of toasts, jazz, dancing and commemorating ten years of meaningful change together!

For inquires, email Emma Ayers [email protected].

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Education in a Post-Covid World

Wed, August 2, 2023 | 6:30PM EDT

Alexandria, VA

Join Young Voices and Independent Women’s Forum for an evening discussion on why, since the pandemic, so many parents and their kids are breaking the mold with education alternatives. Our current system is failing—it’s no secret. Can this turn around in time to support parents and students who are thinking a little differently? Let’s talk about school choice.

Featuring Christian Barnard, Senior Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation, Nathaniel Cunneen, Communications Strategist at the American Federation for Children (AFC), and C.J. and Sailor, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-Virginia. IWF’s Ginny Gentles, Director of the Education Freedom Center will moderate the panel. These folks will share their expertise, experiences, and perspectives on transforming education systems. The panelists will make ideas to meet the evolving, and increasingly fascinating needs of learners in the 21st century. The time for educational freedom is now.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: Immigration: For the elites or for you?

Wed, July 19, 2023 | 6:00PM EDT

Washington, DC

Immigration: For the Elites or for You?

Join Young Voices for another policy Round Robin! On July 19th, we’re hosting a panel on a topic we’re all going to be hearing about (a lot) this election cycle. Do elites or everyday American citizens benefit from the making of immigration policies? As a nation, we’ve never been able to come to a consensus on this. Our panel of experts will make their individual cases for their opinions on the matter—and it’ll be fun.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: “Planning for the Future of Montana” Policy Round Robin in Bozeman, MT

Wed, May 17, 2023

How does public policy accommodate the growing population while balancing the conservation of Montana and its people’s way of life? Young Voices collaborates with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), and the Frontier Institute on May 17th for a policy Round Robin to discuss the best plans for Montana’s future. Join Kendall Cotton of the Frontier Institute, Kat Dwyer of PERC, and David Herbst host of the Liberty Portal Podcast as they discuss the best policies and plan of action for the future of the state.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: A New Age for Young Texas Gun Owner

Fri, April 21, 2023 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM EDT

Austin, TX

Guns and Texas go together like peanut butter and jelly — but until recently, young adults in Texas weren’t allowed to participate. On August 26, 2022, District Court Judge Mark Pittman ruled that a decades-old Texas law which prevented 18 to 20 year olds from carrying handguns was unconstitutional.

Some cheered the decision. Others are skeptical. Either way, the ruling will undoubtedly reshape Texas gun policy in the years to come. Join Young Voices on April 21st for an evening of conversation, beer, and meeting open-minded people like you!

Moderator Derek Cohen will lead a discussion on the future of firearm policy with Cody Wisniewski, senior attorney for constitutional litigation for the Firearms Policy Coalition. A reception will follow the discussion.

You can expect to hear about the importance of this decision, the constitutional and historical underpinnings that made it happen, and why this discrete issue matters for gun rights in Texas and across the United States.

Moderator: Derek Cohen, PhD, is Vice President of Policy and Right on Crime Senior Fellow. Previously a policy director at Right on Crime, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s criminal justice reform initiative, Cohen was instrumental in the passage of the First Step Act, federal legislation that borrowed from successful changes to prisons and sentencing that he had helped pass in conservative states. In addition to leading the Foundation’s work on criminal justice, he is also the lead researcher of firearms policy.

Speaker: Cody J. Wisniewski is a Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation with Firearms Policy Coalition, where he focuses on Second Amendment and other constitutional questions. He has litigated cases across the United States addressing a variety of firearm rights issues.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: Does Journalism… Still Exist?

Wed, April 12, 2023 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM EDT

New York, NY

The nobility of the journalistic profession—it used to exist for the vast majority of Americans. No more. Between a pandemic and a couple of incredibly fraught presidential elections, the public has felt manipulated and, as a result, soured by the media class.

Now, media itself is dispersing and American citizens have taken the matter of information relation into their own hands. But that leaves us with a serious question: How do we know who to trust?

If you’ve ever wondered what the next few years look like for the journalism industry, join Young Voices for our first Round Robin in New York City, in partnership with America’s Future.

We’ll be hearing from veteran journalists, Nick Gillespie and Caroline Vik in a conversation on the nature of faith in media and the shape which media will take in a post-truth world.

e Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America.

YOUNG VOICES EVENT: The World with ChatGPT: Will Humanity Fit In?

Thu, February 16, 2023 | 5:30PM EST

Washington DC

ChatGPT. Robots. Consciousness. The sacred human spirit.

Can they all work together in society? That question is, at this point, a pretty old one. But with the advent of ChatGPT, it’s being asked of us all over again. Progress on the AI front is inevitable, and it’s happening faster than we can decide what to do about it. Our economy is shifting, labor is going to change, and the way people spend their time may be radically different in 10 years.

For some, this type of progress inspires hope. For others, dread.

Join Young Voices for an evening of fascinating conversation, disagreement, and persuasion on February 16th. Lincoln Network’s Luke Hogg will moderate a roundtable discussion with some of the leading young thinkers in the AI space, featuring views from all sides of the debate.

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