APRIL FEATURED ROCKSTAR JAKE SALLAWAY-COSTELLO
Jake Sallaway-Costello has always been a little different from his peers. Growing up in the United Kingdom, he felt alone in his political opinions and in his desire for debate.
“When I attended my FEE seminar in Michigan in 2014, for the first time in my life, I was surrounded by people who were truly open to debate, discussion, and challenging my ideas without trying to shut me down,” says Sallaway-Costello. “After surviving that short few days of intense ideological debate, I feel ready to take on any academic challenge! The support provided since my seminar has further complemented this new-found confidence. The resources that FEE provides have helped me to explore different ways of thinking, and the broader marketplace of ideas, without fear of professional discrimination or prejudice. FEE helped me to realize that there are other voices out there, albeit beyond the UK, who love discussing and debating thoughts and ideas as much as I do.”
Today, Jake is using his new-found confidence in and out of the classroom. He is currently a Doctoral candidate studying Public Health at Birmingham City University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Real Junk Food Project Central, a community development program. Speaking on the program he said “My public health practice is shaped by my belief in limited government; I develop community programs which empower local people to take control of their own health, and protect vulnerable communities from the harmful cyclical nature of government. The programs I run have high impact, cost nothing to the taxpayer, but generate income for local communities. ”
Thanks for representing the FEE Alumni Network, Jake! Keep up the great work!
Previous rockstars include Matt Kibbe, Savannah Lindquist, Maddie Lindeman,
Odunola and Daniel Oladejo, Faith Coyne, Joshua Sanders, Jacob Huebert, Liya Palagashvili, Ann Young, Lana Link, Arturo Portillo Lopez, Caleb Brown, Tyler Brandt, Jorge Jraissati, and Ally Bevers.
“The real 'aha' moment for me was really attending a FEE seminar. I think there are a lot of people who were like me in high school that is being bored to death by rote memorization and not really engaging with ideas in a substantive way. I think that's where FEE performs its best function which is to inspire young people to engage with so much challenging, powerful, compelling thinking. ”
Caleb Brown, Director of Multimedia at the Cato Institute
“FEE has had a tremendous impact on my life and on where I am today. I wouldn't have gotten my foot in the door at the Institute for Justice if it wasn't for having FEE on my resume and after eight years of working at IJ I was able to join the Mercatus Center. FEE taught me that regardless of how people treat me, I have the freedom to choose how I treat them. ”
Bob Ewing, Director of Communications Training and Strategy at the Mercatus Center
“During seminars, you could see kids in the breakout sessions working through ideas and really becoming alive talking to one another. They can take this information that they've learned at FEE and the thoughts that they've worked through in the seminars and use them in their everyday lives to inspire others.”
Amanda Grimmett, Community Manager at Convene Conference Centers
“I've seen a lot of students come back from FEE seminars with a much broader and at the same time deeper understanding of liberty.”
Clark Ruper, Director of Business and Talent Development at Conscious Capitalism Inc.
OTHER FEATURED ALUMNI
Alex Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation president
Edwin Feulner, Founder and Former Heritage Foundation president
Venkatesh Geriti, Award-winning Social Entrepreneur
Jack Kemp, former Vice Presidential candidate
Charles Koch, Koch Industries chairman and CEO
Rep. Ron Paul, Author, Physician, and Former Politician
Roger Ream, The Fund for American Studies president
Fr. Robert Sirico, Acton Institute founder
Dick Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder and chairman