It doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost time to ring in the New Year. As I look back on 2021, I am struck by God’s faithfulness through your dedication to the work we accomplish together. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this past year:
As we count our many blessings, I want to share with you some of the most exciting developments from 2021. Thank you for making this year possible through your partnership and passion for building the pipeline of faithful, effective conservative leaders in our states.
1. NEW CURRICULUM
We are leading our Academy through our first-ever curriculum – The Civil Society Tutorial Project – which was developed by two Forge Board Members! The students are reflecting on what it means to be citizens of America and Heaven and assessing what it takes to build character, collaboration, and American community.
2. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Forge expanded in 2021 by hiring two new full-time staff members, Kerri Smith and Forge alumna Grace Barron. With the new additions to the team, we are expanding our ability to serve students and alumni in unprecedented ways.
3. RECORD FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We received incredible gifts to help build out our alumni network and host annual alumni reunion weekends. Thanks to Forge Champions, our 2020 to 2021 financial growth will be over 50%!
4. NEW VIDEO
During our Annual Summit, Forge recorded a new video highlighting the work we do to serve young conservatives. We also sat down with alumni to record their stories. You can watch the new video here.
5. CELEBRATION & COLLABORATION
Over 300 Forge champions joined us at the Forge Banquets in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio to celebrate Forge and meet other supporters who are passionate about raising up the next generation of conservative leaders.
6. FORGE D.C.
The 2020-2021 Academy traveled to Washington, D.C. in May for a week of networking, learning, and incredible experiences. Students met with leading conservative members of Congress like Jim Jordan, were hosted for a special reception at an embassy, and enjoyed a moonlight tour of the monuments.
7. FORGE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
We welcomed 80 students for the 2021 Summit for a week of hands-on training, insightful speaker presentations, and the Forge legislative simulation at the Ohio Statehouse. Many past students returned for an alumni night, and supporters experienced a day in the life of a student at Forge-For-A-Day. View the recap here!
8. FORGE ISRAEL
Forge students traveled to Israel in July despite severe travel restrictions. Restrictions in Israel continue to present challenges, but we’re working on innovative ways to enhance our state > national > international experiences.
9. THE BIG PICTURE
Forge has trained over 400 young conservatives from 40 states who are now serving in policy, law, business, ministry, and media. With two more additions this year, seven alumni now serve in elected office.
10. POISED FOR 2022
Because of generous supporters, we are the strongest we have ever been heading into the new year and are poised to equip a record number of new students and alumni in 2022. Students and young professionals (ages 18-25) can apply for the 2022 Summit today! You can recommend a young person in your life here.
As we come to the end of this amazing year, I am so grateful for you and your passion for American values and the young leaders who will carry the torch to protect them for our children and grandchildren.
Would you consider making a special year-end gift? You can give online for your convenience.
I hope you enjoy a Happy New Year with those you love most!
Forge Leadership Network
President & Co-Founder