2022 American Exceptionalism Seminar at Reagan Boyhood Home – High School Program

Seminar on American Exceptionalism:
The education of Ronald Reagan
The Childhood Home • Dixon, Illinois • May 6-7, 2022

This two-day program will give high school students insight into the people, places and ideas that shaped our 40th president as a young man, allowing them to better understand why and how Ronald Reagan changed the country and the world and how they can do the same. Key values ​​such as faith, patriotism, humility, perseverance, optimism and hard work were instilled in Ronald Reagan as a child and shaped his vision of what America was, is and could be – a “shining city on a hill”.

Today, young people are taught that America is the exact opposite – a place of racism, oppression and limited opportunity – and that our most important systems and institutions – the Constitution, free enterprise, freedom of expression and religious freedom – are simply instruments of this oppression. This program will help students address important questions about American identity and better equip them to understand and advocate for the principles of freedom.

Throughout this program, students will hear from some of the brightest minds in the conservative movement, be inspired by their stories and ideas, meet like-minded peers from across the country, receive invaluable resources, and tour the charming home and Midwestern city that built young Ronald Reagan.

This educational program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and go ends Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.


    • Learn from top leaders in the conservative movement how to stand up for your principles in your school and beyond!
    • Visit the Reagan Boyhood Home and other Reagan sites
    • Meet and network with like-minded students and participate in discussions with other students
    • Receive valuable resources
    • Improve your critical thinking and debating skills
    • Become a young leader of the conservative movement!

WHAT’S INCLUDED: The $30 conference fee includes Friday night hotel accommodation, conference materials, transportation during the program, and meals from Friday dinner through Saturday dinner.

TRANSPORTATION: The Young America’s Foundation will provide a shuttle to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The shuttle departs from Chicago O’Hare at 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 6th. To take the shuttle, students must land before 9:30 am.

At the conclusion of the conference, the Young America’s Foundation will provide a return shuttle on Saturday, May 7 from Dixon to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Students will arrive at O’Hare at 7:30 p.m.

TRAVEL AND TUITION ASSISTANCE: Travel and tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions below for how to apply. Please note that travel and tuition assistance are not guaranteed and are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

MORE DETAILS: For details on applying for travel or tuition assistance, travel options and shuttles, dress code, hotel accommodations, etc., please see the program. Frequently Asked Questions.

Childhood home of Ronald Reagan
810 and 816 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021