Since 2017, Young Voices has offered our contributors the opportunity to take a deep-dive on specific issue areas with our policy fellowships, pairing up a cohort of our writers with policy organizations and mentors with the expectation of producing tailored media hits.
Young Voices currently has three fellowships ongoing:
Consumer Choice Fellowship
Our three Consumer Choice fellows write about consumer freedom in several industries including cryptocurrencies, tobacco, cannabis and alcohol, to name a few. Some also weigh in on stakeholder capitalism and how much businesses should cater to consumers rather than causes. Here are some highlights so far:
- David McGarry: Clarence Thomas challenges the consensus on marijuana regulation (American Thinker)
- Sean-Michael Pigeon: It’s time to end the government’s war on consumers (Townhall)
- Jake Leahy: As IRS prepares to double in size, it isn’t the billionaires who should be worried (Washington Examiner)
Energy & Environment Fellowship
In partnership with the American Conservation Coalition, Young Voices is excited to launch the Energy & Environment Felllowship. Here are some highlights so far from our two fellows:
- Alina Clough: New York Took the Wrong Exit on the Road to Clean Energy (New York Sun)
- Benjamin Khoshbin: Here’s How Nuclear Energy Can Save Coal Communities (Daily Caller)
Following the success of Young Voices UK, Young Voices has launched its first ever expansion into continental Europe! Young Voices Europe is a project website and policy fellowship platforming pro-liberty European voices through the end of 2022. With more than 20 contributors, the site has been active for less than a month yet has already published dozens of articles on topics ranging from Sweden’s elections to Europe’s energy price caps and from Denmark’s cost of living crisis to the EU’s anti-innovation approach to regulating tech.
Earlier in 2022, Young Voices offered two more fellowship opportunities — a Free Society Fellowship pushing back against rising illiberalism on both the left and right, and a Technology Fellowship tackling 21st century challenges for innovation. Both programs saw fellows working on creative policy projects that enhanced their professional development and promoted free markets and individual rights.
- Eric Peterson – White Paper: “Regulatory Sandboxes: Where Innovation Happens”: Eric published a white paper with the Louisiana-based Pelican Institute breaking down the benefits of regulatory sandboxes — how they provide temporary regulatory relief to emerging products, and how they could be used to usher in a new wave of innovation in the tech industry.
- Georgia Gilholy – Video Essay: “Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear”: Georgia composed a sharp, well-researched video on the dangers of facial recognition technology in the hands of authoritarian governments. Most impressively, she filmed and produced the short documentary herself with Young Voices’ funding. We hope to underwrite more creative policy projects like Georgia’s in the future.
- Dara Macdonald – Free Speech Society: All Minus One: Dara used her time in the Free Society Fellowship to launch an organization defending freedom of speech in Australia. She pulled inspiration from John Stuart Mill’s famous quote that if “all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
- Cooper Conway – Streaming Show: A Hopeful Future: Cooper is launching a youth-oriented streaming show that will explore contemporary policy issues through a lens of thoughtful optimism. In the show’s pilot episode, Cooper and his guest explore realistic solutions on climate change.
- Elise Amez-Droz – Free Market Healthcare Policy Professional Society: Elise laid the groundwork for a networking society during her fellowship, bringing together the brightest healthcare professionals in the Washington, DC area to find free market solutions to the industry’s greatest challenges. The group met four times in 2021 and has more exciting plans for the future.