Last weekend, American Majority trained our 30,000th  trainee at a Boot Camp Training in Atlanta, Georgia. That’s 30,000 new leaders and activists who have gone through American Majority’s cutting edge trainings to equip them to be agents of change in their local communities. Many of these people have gone on to run for state or local office, while many more found a way to use their unique skills to bring fiscal sanity to their hometowns and states.

Our success is in part due to the radical idea that change does not begin in Washington, but in our state and local communities, where a significant percentage of government spending occurs. We believe that if enough people will organize at the local level, it will lead to a groundswell that will bring national, generational change.  This belief has rung true for the tens of thousands who have attended one of our trainings in 45 different states.

Since our founding in 2008, we’ve held 862 live, in person trainings, led by our great staff, which is comprised of political veterans and grassroots experts.  Nearly 1,500 New Leaders have signed our New Leaders Project pledge to identify new leaders in their communities to run for office.

This summer we just launched a new Webinar Training series, at which we’ve had 515 new leaders and activists learning how they can better connect with voters on social media, organize in their communities, and hold their elected officials accountable.

But it is not the numbers that matter, it is the lives that have been impacted and the leaders who have been empowered.  At the local level, we are seeing School Boards and Village Boards being flipped from liberal control to conservative control.  Leaders like Scot Shumski as shaking things up on the Burlington, VT school board and Brian Logue is challenging the status quo on his County Board in Wisconsin.  There are thousands of individuals and groups who are committed to improving their communities through either running for office themselves or finding the people to do so.

Recognizing how important youth are to the future of the conservative movement, we have engaged and helped young people across the country to learn how they can impact their communities and government.  Training on dozens of college campuses, we’ve worked with conservative college students to invest in their development and effectiveness through our Campus Majority program.  This spring, we partnered with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to help train 1,716 students and activists at YAL’s state conventions.

We are incredibly proud of our trainees: men and women who don’t whine and complain, but who are actually doing real things to make a difference. We are just getting started at American Majority and we plan on doing much, much more in the years to come.

This article was originally published at http://www.redstate.com/diary/nedryun/2014/09/08/30000/