Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

Students pose with actor-historian Ben Franklin during History Encounters experience

Spirit of America Youth Leadership is a transformative four-day residential program that engages high school students from across the country with the first principles of freedom. Their experience is filled with engaging and educational experiences including a mock congressional debate, free enterprise challenge, workshops, and historical site visits while simultaneously developing their leadership skills and identifying their future contributions to society. Students receive housing and meals allowing them to relish a time of focused engagement with their peers.


Any Sacramento area high school student is eligible to apply, however preference is given to Juniors, because they are studying U.S. history during the academic year. 

Our sponsorship includes round-trip air fare, tuition, and room and board at Freedoms Foundation’s campus in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

What students are saying about our program

“My experience with the Freedoms Foundation was pivotal in my transition between high school and college. The Spirit of America trip itself was an incredible educational experience but was truly only the beginning of my transformative time with the Freedoms Foundation. As a senior board member, I grew in my confidence as a young adult and began to develop real life communication skills that I will continue to grow throughout my professional career. I was treated as an adult and expected to keep pace with professionals beside me.”

– Claire

“As a student who has been involved with Boy Scouts, American Legion, and the Rotary Club, I can safely say that there is no group that has led me to grow more than the Freedoms Foundation. I have learned not just how to lead peers, but how to operate in a professional environment. With my knowledge of the Constitution and love of this country, I feel more equipped to tackle the challenging political environment of the modern era.”

– David

“I learned so much about our country, government, and leadership in the that short trip. My experience also grew my appreciation for our founding fathers and deepened my understanding of government processes. I heard the various perspectives and learned from others. The experience made me more interested in government and I was so grateful for the opportunity that I began volunteering for Freedoms Foundation.”

– Megan

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Group of nineteen students on a trip with Freedoms Foundation

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Donations of any amount help us fulfill our mission and send teachers and students to attend civic education programs at Freedoms Foundation.