Franciscan University YAF is a conservative club that seeks to educate and involve Franciscan students in the political process. We recognize that it is our duty as Catholic citizens to get involved in the public square.

We are affiliated with Young America’s Foundation.

Franciscan YAF used to be a College Republicans club. At the request of the university, in 2011 the CRs changed to Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). The YAF club went dormant in 2012, so Tommy Valentine and Tom Gaudet restarted it in 2013. Since then we have become one of the most active clubs on campus, and our events and activities have been very popular!

Here are some of our past activities to give you an idea of what we do on campus!

Speakers: Rick Santorum (2014), Ryan T. Anderson (2015), Fr. Frank Pavone (2015), Katie Pavlich (2016), Star Parker (2017)

Voter Registration Drives: We have helped over 1,000 students register to vote and/or request absentee ballots in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 elections. We also provided shuttles to the polls for students registered to vote in Ohio.

9/11 Never Forget Project: Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 we create a memorial to the victims by placing 2,989 flags in front of the library – one flag for each soul who perished. It’s a powerful and moving display.

Watch Parties: We hosted showings of most of the 2016 Republican primary debates and all of the general election debates on the big screen in the J.C. Williams Center. We also showed the State of the Union in 2015, 2016, and 2017. And we held an election night watch party in for the presidential election in November 2016.

Movie Screenings: “One Generation Away” (2014), “Inside 9/11: Zero Hour” (2015 & 2017)

Conferences: Every year we take a trip of 10-15 students to the Conservative Political Action Conference (spring semester) and the Values Voter Summit (fall semester).

Fundraisers: We have held fundraisers to benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund and the Flight 93 Memorial Fund.

Free Stuff: We are known for our swag! We give out laptop stickers, buttons, pamphlets, posters, and more cool stuff at our events.

Special Projects: We launched the Steubenville Stimulus Project in 2017 to encourage students to shop and eat at local small businesses. The initiative is based on free market principles. We put our money where our math is – at events where we offer free food, we get pizza from Malta’s and Giannamore’s, baked goods from Downtown Bakery and Gus’s Goodies, and drinks and supplies from Riesbeck’s.


Our Beliefs

Every person has the right to life from the moment of conception. This right is given to us by God and guaranteed to us by the Declaration of Independence & the Constitution.

The family is the bedrock of society. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and all children deserve a mom and a dad. Strong families create a strong society.

Freedom of religion is paramount, and the government must not be allowed to infringe upon it.

The Constitution is the best arrangement for empowering government to fulfill its legitimate role, while restraining it from accumulating too much power and abusing it.

The free market is the best system man has yet devised to respect the dignity of each person by allowing everyone to make his or her own living using God-given talents and hard work.

Private charity, not forced government redistribution of wealth, is the best way to help our fellow man because it is just that – charity out of love, not by force.