Forge is raising up the next generation of conservative leaders in the public square.


Forge Leadership Network mentors, trains, and connects young conservatives, equipping them to lead in politics, culture, and business.

Forge Leadership Network recruits conservative students and young professionals, ages 18-25, wanting to lead in politics, culture, and business. Young adults often ask themselves, what comes next? Through our Leadership Summit and Mentorship Academy, Forge equips students to think about their vocation critically, examine public policy and ethics from a Judeo-Christian worldview, gain practical skills for cultural engagement, and establish connections to launch their careers.

Forge Leadership Summit:

The Forge Leadership Summit is a five-day intensive experience filled with dynamic trainings, professional development, and renowned speakers. Accepted students represent talented conservative students and young professionals, ages 18-25, from across America pursuing different vocations, but each dedicated to better understanding and defending the first principles of the American Founding in a 21st-Century context.

The Forge Summit trains young adults to think critically about limited government, Judeo-Christian ethics, religious liberty, and economic freedom. Through professional media training, mock political campaigns, participation in the Forge Legislature, and intentional networking coaching, students are equipped to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Forge Mentorship Academy:

The Forge Mentorship Academy is a year long program offering experiential learning in national and international politics, training in argumentation and current events, an individualized mentor match, and connections to top internships and jobs. Designed to supplement full-time studies or employment, the Academy admits standout graduates of the Forge Leadership Summit.

Forge facilitates the Mentorship Academy through digital mediums, conference calls, and trips to Washington D.C. and Israel. Through each platform, Forge provides unique access to renowned thought leaders and power players of the conservative movement. Forge provides tailored career and personal development by matching each student with a field-specific mentor. Through this year of dynamic training, students create deep relationships with like-minded peers and mentors from around the country, building lasting networks for years to come.

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Your chance at these amazing opportunities begins by applying for the Leadership Summit.

Apply Today for the Forge Leadership Summit!

Donate to Forge Leadership Network

You are invited to participate in the mission and vision of Forge Leadership Network.

Your investment will:

Raise up a Generation

of young leaders known for their integrity, character, and ability to effectively communicate their beliefs and values to our world.

Ignite and Propel

the next class of innovators in the marketplace, movers and shakers in culture, and principled statesmen in government.

Secure a Legacy

that will revitalize the state, nation, and culture that your children and grandchildren inherit.

Joseph Backholm is Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. He combines extensive legal, political, and policy experience with a love for the way biblical truth cultivates human flourishing.