About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
Jack Baumann looks out through American Flag glasses during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Why these conservative teenagers skipped the beach this August


Why these conservative teenagers skipped the beach this August

For teenagers, Augusts are often spent with friends, at the beach, and dreading the first day of school.

However, about a hundred conservative high schoolers cut their vacation short to travel to Washington D.C. for a conference on capitalism hosted by a nonprofit called Turning Point U.S.A.

According to Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point, their conference is designed to  teach top high schoolers how to "articulate free market constitutional beliefs."

The nonprofit aims to spread conservative values to the next generation, and these kids are getting an earful. One of the lessons Kirk is teaching is how to handle critics of capitalism.

"More people have been lifted out of poverty because of free market capitalism than government intervention," Kirk said from the stage in the windowless auditorium.

The students come to D.C. with high ideals.

"When you change hearts, you change minds," said rising senior Caroline Lindey.

"As a conservative, I know that we need tools to go and fight for our ideas in the public square," Dixon Yonan from Colorado told Circa.

But they aren't just here to learn how to share their conservative beliefs with their peers, they also are looking for camaraderie. 

"I want to learn and meet other conservative, likeminded young people," said rising senior Leonard Robinson from Maryland.

These students are excited about politics and they can't even vote this year. But that's not stopping them from skipping the beach to learn how to better spread conservatism.  Robinson said he is here because he wants "a career."

Needless to say, the students who have chosen to be in D.C. instead of at the beach aren't your average high schoolers. Something that isn't lost on Kirk, "There's something really special about a 16 or 17-year-old that thinks they can ... change the world. You know some of them will."

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark