Throughout human history, freedom has been a force for good, lifting millions of people out of poverty. In a truly free society, individuals are in control of their own destiny.
However, the key institutions of our society responsible for the education of our young people are increasingly unable or unwilling to pass on that understanding or the key values of freedom. In our schools and universities curricula increasingly tell a radical story which denigrates the western tradition and seeks to further a social agenda inimical to individual freedom and the rights which are part of our heritage.
Yet our research shows the rising generation has a tremendous appetite for knowledge and experiences which are firmly grounded in freedom and the heritage of the West. We have therefore established the Young IPA program to reinvigorate the spark, energy, and passion of the next generation. Targeting those aged 16-25, it bridges the gap between the next generation and the ideas of free markets, individual responsibility, capitalism, and democracy. Key elements of the Young IPA program include:
- The IPA Young Members program, offering discounted IPA membership and building a network through publications, news and events.
- Four campus coordinators operating in four States, current students representing the IPA on campus, providing information, running events, publishing commentary and building networks with like-minded organisations on campus (further information below).
- A dedicated Facebook channel and website for bespoke content designed to engage and inform, including articles, short and long-form videos, and promotion of events.
- The Open Minds program, providing thoughtful education of young people on key aspects of liberal thought.
- A program of research and publication highlighting the restrictions on debate, language and the scope of the curriculum that increasingly being put in place at Universities across the country. We produce the Free Speech on Campus Audit annually.
We have four enthusiastic and capable campus coordinators operating in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and WA
In February and March 2017 our campus coordinators met many hundreds of students as part of Orientation Week activities.