IDEAL, which stands for Inform, Discuss, Enlighten, Acknowledge, and Learn, is a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. Our goal, ambitious yet simple, is to change the way students think about politics and interact with each other. IDEAL operates in two separate spheres: IDEAL MEDIA, or Cherry Tree, a forthcoming publication and podcast; and IDEAL CAMPUS, which sponsors student chapters in colleges and high schools across the country.
IDEAL Media, Cherry Tree, is the next evolution of IDEAL. Through a publication and podcasts, Cherry Tree produces content in hopes of revolutionizing the political media model.
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Students are the foundation of IDEAL. Born out of a high school club, this now national non-profit depends on its students across the country to make real effective change. Our chapter presidents and officers have spent time working on the hill, and our alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, received national recognition for work they've done, and are attending some of the most prestigious universities and graduate schools in the world. A diverse network of incredible talent, IDEAL CAMPUS is built on, for, and by students who want to make a difference in the world.
The IDEAL Chapters in each institution help students think critically about important political issues of the day. The chapters employ our unique, philosophy-grounded model, promoting civic discourse with a focus on objectivity, sensitivity, and civility. Each chapter publishes articles, and takes an active role in its respective communities, taking on Community Projects that embody the IDEAL mission of changing the way students think about politics and interact with each other.
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