The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute (LI) teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process. The Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values. Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy. Institute programs prepare thousands of conservatives each year. Conservatives learn how to: · Form independent conservative student groups · Manage grassroots-oriented campaigns · Publish independent conservative school newspapers · Succeed in the competitive field of broadcast media · Run successfully for elected office · Communicate a conservative message using the media · Formulate policy as elected officials or key staff members LI offers 48 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars and a top-notch intern program. The Institute also provides a Careers team and ConservativeJobs.com to help place conservatives in public policy positions and in the broadcast media, at no cost to employers or job seekers. The Leadership Institute's CampusReform.org, a watchdog to the nation's higher education system, works alongside student activists and student journalists to expose bias and abuse on the nation's college campuses. The Leadership Institute is the center of conservative activist training. No other organization provides more training to conservative activists each year.