Ashley Pratte

Age

25

Location

Saint Anselm College

Occupation

Spokeswoman, Young America's Foundation

Twitter

@ashpratte

BIO

Ashley is responsible for managing communications and media outreach for Young America’s Foundation (YAF), through press releases, social media, interviews, and op-eds. She is also responsible for writing and updating pieces for the New Guard, the Foundation’s blog. Previously, Pratte served as executive director for Cornerstone Policy Research & Cornerstone Action, a prominent conservative group in New Hampshire. Before her work at Cornerstone, she served as project director and press assistant to Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) and worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for his congressional campaign in 2010. She has made numerous appearances on the Fox News Channel, is a columnist for Townhall.com, and has been published in the Washington Times and Washington Examiner.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

It is important for young adults to be engaged members of society, because the policies that are enacted today will affect us tomorrow. While it is easy to be apathetic to politics, the legislative process, and the media, we need to stand up for our ideals and values. If we don’t do anything, nothing will ever change. We are the next generation of leaders and the only way to ensure a bright future is to become engaged now.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Policymakers, legislators, and leaders within the conservative movement need to actively engage with young people in order to get a firm grasp on the issues that young people face today. The policies that are implemented by them will directly impact the next generation. We are a generation saddled with massive debt and faced with a growing national debt — it is important the leaders within our movement recognize these struggles and do all they can to fight for the American dream. Young people need a champion, someone who truly looks out for their best interests.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I would like to see the conservative movement expand upon the successes it has made it the past couple of years. In order for the conservative movement to flourish, it is vitally important that its leaders don’t abandon their values for the sake of victory. The conservative movement has a bright future ahead if today’s leaders fight to preserve the core pillars of conservatism: family, faith, freedom, and fiscal responsibility. I hope the movement always seeks to champion American exceptionalism, and that in 10 years we will have a new Reagan in the White House. If we want to restore American exceptionalism, we need to fight to protect the values we hold dear and that starts with my generation.

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