Our Mission & Goals
The inspiration to start Turning Point USA was not a political motivation. Instead, it is an idea that every young person
in the country can possess the knowledge and power to stand up against falsehoods. The true dangers of high debts and deficits
can be understood by every citizen, young or old, liberal or conservative. Turning Point USA never was, or will be in a favor
of a candidate or a political party. Rather, Turning Point USA stands firmly on the grounds that older generations have a
moral authority and responsibility to hand a better country down to their grandchildren. Recently we have seen the opposite.
We are seeing the negative effects of high debts and deficits, the destructive force of trillion dollars deficits, and the
byproducts of an ill-informed electorate.
Turning Point USA will work tirelessly towards an informed electorate, by establishing chapters in high schools, and colleges.
We will be hosting debates, rallies, town halls, and addressing the issues plaguing this country. Unite with us behind the
tenets of fiscal responsibility, living within one's means, and the collective belief that tomorrow is brighter.
Name:Turning Point USA
- Young People
- Charlie Kirk: Founder, Turning Point USA
- Turning Point USA Board of Directors
- Bruno Behrend, J.D.: Bruno Behrend, J.D., is on the board of directors for Turning Point USA. Bruno is currently the executive director of For
the Good of Illinois, a 501(c) 4 non-profit dedicated to expanding transparency and accountability in Illinois government.
He also heads a new 501(c)3 organization, American Transparency. Their goal is to expand on their success in Illinois by making
their transparency portal, OpenTheBooks.com, a national site with all federal, state, and local spending on-line in an easily
retrievable format. Prior to taking that position, he was director of The Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland
Institute, where he advocated for the transformation of America's education system. Mr. Behrend has a background in public
policy research, database consulting (specialist in fund raising software), and corporate seminar and training development.
An entrepreneur, he has started five businesses. From 2006 through 2008, Behrend hosted a radio show in the Chicago area that
showcased authors and policy specialists including publisher Steve Forbes, Phoenix University founder John Sperling, columnist
Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and many others. In 2008, Behrend coauthored Illinois Deserves Better - The Ironclad Case
for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, the release of which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for
a Constitutional Convention in Illinois. Mr. Behrend has also served as an advisor to groups seeking to rewrite the legislative
article of the Illinois Constitution and as Field Director for FreedomWorks (www.FreedomWorks.com) In Illinois. In 2009, he
was policy director for gubernatorial candidate Adam Andzejewski in the Illinois primary election. An experienced speaker
and presenter, Behrend is a persuasive, informative, and entertaining addition to policy forums, debates, and other policy-oriented
engagements. Mr. Behrend is a graduate of University of Illinois (1983) with a degree in finance and a graduate of IIT-Kent
College of Law (1990), and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. Mr. Behrend currently resides in River Forest,
Illinois with his wife. His son, Cameron, is a US Marine.
- George F. Hamstra: George F. Hamstra is a member of the board of directors of Turning Point USA. George has an extensive computer technology
and business administration background. George will advise executive management and the board of directors on technology,
management, procurement of assets, and sales proficiency. George was a founding Member of NetGain Technologies, LLC which
developed the Bad Amplitude electric dragster. NetGain Technologies worked with and was funded by, NASA to test super-capacitors
in the dragster during 2002 and 2003. The EV motor distribution business (NetGain Motors, Inc. - NGM) was spun-off from NetGain
Technologies in September of 2007 and has been operated by George since that time. In 1985, George started a now publicly
traded computer distribution company with annual sales that exceeded $40 million, at the time, and he sold it in 1989. George
came out of retirement to start a software development company in 1994; this company was sold to a Fortune 500 company in
1995. George gained invaluable experience when he worked for Bell Labs for more than 14 years, much of that time in the original
UNIX Support Group based in Naperville, Illinois. He added knowledge related to UNIX computer systems, administration, security,
performance, as well as artificial intelligence. While employed at Bell Labs George was an instructor in the Bell Labs Continuing
Education Program. He left Bell Labs to join a company that specialized in UNIX training. When George is not working on new
motor innovations you can generally find him fishing.
- Turning Point USA Student Board
- Miguel Melgar: Student Board Member -- Miguel Melgar formerly attended Buffalo Grove High School, and he plans on starting college in the
fall at Harper College. He is going for his Associates in Business Administration. In high school, Miguel was a captain and
four-year member of his school's speech team and debate team. He has won multiple awards on the competitive debate circuit,
and has plans to continue his debate career in college. Ever since grade school, Miguel has been very passionate about politics
and economics. Today, he recognizes that America is on an unsustainable path of overspending, and he felt it necessary to
fight this problem after he heard a peer claim that it was, "already too late for America to pay back her debt." After Harper,
Miguel hopes to earn his Bachelors with a double major at Northwestern in Economics and Finance, and then finally go for his
Master's in Finance at the University of Chicago. His dream job is to become a mutual fund manager for a major Wall Street
Investment Firm, after he earned his CFA Certification. He is also involved in theater and music, and works at AMC. Favorite
Quote: "The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration
and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that
our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography,
natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study
painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain." -John Adams Political Heroes: Howard Zinn, John
Rawls, and Milton Friedman
- Kelly MacFarland: Student Board Member -- Alongside working with Turning Point, Kelly is also an intern with Dold for Congress. She been working
with the Dold for Congress campaign since February, and the experience has infused her with love of politics. Kelly also enjoy
playing field hockey, tennis and horseback riding. She has played field hockey for her high school and was on the varsity
team for two years, and was also a member of the high school chorus. This summer she will be going to Alaska. She looks forward
to aggressively working with Turning Point. Solutions: I think there are a few things that we can do to help crack down on
the debt. Firstly, I believe term limits will help solve the issue at hand. Many of these congressmen are in Congress for
thirty years, and the original sentiment by the founding Fathers was for the Congress to create laws, then leave office and
abide by the rules they create. Secondly, I believe that a balanced budget amendment would help alleviate the debt. While
there has been amendments such as this proposed for the states, there has never been one proposed for the federal government.
The government has been spending too quickly, and a balanced budget amendment would help keep this in check. Thirdly, I believe
an investigation of all federal departments to check for fraud, misuse of spending, and effectiveness. I believe that while
there are many programs that are doing excellent work, there are a number of them either that can cut the amount they spend
and reorganize or they are not needed. These are just three of the solutions I believe would allow us to begin to change the
dynamic in Washington and get on the right path to economic freedom. Quote: "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people
of good conscious to remain silent" -Thomas Jefferson Inspirational People: Chris Christie, Ronald Reagan, and Paul Ryan
- Artur Sak: Student Board Member -- Artur Sak has loved arguing about politics with his peers from a young age; however he never saw himself
actually becoming involved with it until about five years ago. His parents came to America with only one suitcase each; today
they own a business and continue to be hardworking US citizens. Naturally, they instilled a strong work ethic within their
son. Arthur is a good student, and through the course of his life he has tried his hand at acting, music and sports but he
has never become as passionate about anything as he did about politics. He has been with the Turning Point since it was founded
and truly believes that a youth voice needs to be represented in Washington. He also interns for a local congressman, speaks
three languages and enjoys writing in his downtime. Solutions for solving the debt: Begin with determining which programs
should to be funded by the federal government and which can be turned over to the states. Close loopholes and reduce tax rates.
Strip away burdensome regulations and find efficient alternatives. Introduce stricter screening processes for entitlement
programs and crack down on fraud. And reduce public-private partnerships. Favorite Quote: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask
not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."-JFK Inspirational Person: My father
- Duncan Millar: Student Board Member -- Duncan Millar is a high school senior at Libertyville High School, despite being a native Virginian.
Duncan plans to attend either The Citadel, Clemson University, Auburn University, or the University of Missouri and will participate
in either Army or Marine ROTC in school. He plans to study international relations and political science, maybe also minoring
in spanish. Duncan has worked on numerous political campaigns and hopes to dabble in politics himself someday. When asked
about his most proud political accomplishment, Duncan explained "really tough to pick just one. Shook hands with Mitt Romney
once, that was an awesome experience. Rick Perry follows me on twitter which is definitely something I get to brag about.
But I'd have to say my most proud political accomplishment would be representing Allen West at model congress. We both have
a similar charisma." An eloquent speaker, Duncan has won numerous awards as the basketball announcer at his high school. He
is also a member of the varsity tennis team, a student council representative, a ranking member in numerous other clubs at
his school, and a volunteer in groups around his community. Favorite Quote: "Let us renew our faith and our hope. We have
every right to dream heroic dreams" ~Ronald Reagan Political Heroes: Ronald Reagan, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan.
- Dan Lipka: Student Board Member -- In 2008, Dan's interest in politics was sparked by the hype that surrounded what appeared to be the
most pivotal election in American history. Now, as a senior in high school who will study at the University of Notre Dame
this fall, Dan is willing to fight for America's solvency. His ultimate desire to save America is driven by his compassion
for America's vulnerable; in this case, the future generations. Other than politics, Dan enjoys baseball, basketball, and
volunteering at church which earned him an award from the Archdiocese of Chicago in the area of Social Justice. Favorite Quote:
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men." - JFK Economic Heroes: Otto Von Bismark, John F. Kennedy
- Turning Point USA Student Advisors
- Alexandria Zamecnik: Student Advisor -- Alexandria Zamecnik is a college freshman who recently graduated from F.J Turner High School. She will
be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.; she intends to major in Political Science, with a double minor in
Public Relations and Journalism. In high school, Alex's student activities included: four years in Student Government, two
of which she was Vice President and President, three years as Yearbook Editor, and she played in Youth to Youth, and soccer.
Alex spent her free time working and participating in youth options, a program that allows high school students to attend
college. During her summers, she volunteers for "River of God Ministries," a family started ministry that spends hours feeding
and praying for homeless in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Her political interest sparked when her school took place in a walk-out,
supporting the recall of Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker. She stood with Scott Walker, even with a large number of state
workers and teachers in her family did not. With her degree, she intends on becoming a political analyst and writer for a
major news network.
- Alicia Stetin: Student Advisor -- Alicia Stetin is 18 years old. She is a high school graduate from Canajoharie High School, which is in
a small town in Upstate New York. She was the President of her class junior and senior year. Alicia is attending the college
of SUNY Oswego in the fall 2012 to major in Political Science and minor in Broadcasting. She has hopes to one day work for
Fox News Channel and eventually run for public office. Alicia's political heroes: George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Rick Santorum,
and Paul Ryan.
- Danny Huizinga: Student Advisor -- Danny Huizinga is currently a sophomore at Baylor University, pursuing three business majors in Economics,
Finance, and Business Fellows with a minor in mathematics. He is a Texas resident who originally hales from Chicagoland area.
In his free time from classes and singing in the Baylor Men's Choir, Danny writes a political blog called Consider Again located