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Mission and Vision

Named for the American founder, John Jay (1745-1829), the John Jay Institute is an educational and professional civic leadership organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to prepare principled leaders for faith-informed public service. The John Jay Institute undertakes this mission to further nothing less than a renaissance of the animating ideals that inspired America's founding. As the only organization of its kind, the John Jay Institute provides exceptional emerging leaders with the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training for transformational cultural leadership.

Strategy

The John Jay Institute operates post-graduate academic residential fellowships, executive seminars, lectures, conferences, and other programs designed to develop emerging leaders while concurrently building a professional fraternity of alumni to facilitate their strategic placement, ongoing networking, and lasting impact in American culture.

The Need and Opportunity

Financial corruption and economic collapse, the growth of the state, family breakdown, educational failure, a vulgar and dehumanizing culture are just some of the consequences of the loss of the public virtues and character traits once considered necessary for sustaining American self-government. The current crisis is not merely political; it is cultural – which is to say religious and spiritual at its root. Our times demand men and women of high principle, personal integrity, and undaunted courage who are grounded in the spiritual and intellectual tradition of the past and have the inspirational vision, prudential wisdom, and practical insight to lead our society into its future. Such leaders have shaped civilizations. They can renew and revive the American promise in our time.

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Alan Crippen has had long experience educating young scholars in the political principles and spiritual values of our Founding Fathers, helping them to translate those principles and values into effective action in the public square. Because young people are immersed in a popular culture that is, in many ways, opposed to such ideals, the importance of this work cannot be overstated. The seriousness and professionalism of his Fellows speaks well of Mr. Crippen's work. I have been fortunate to have a number of Fellows on my staff and working in my Washington, DC office as interns. I have been consistently impressed-not only by the quality of their work but also by their solid understanding of our nation's founding doctrines and principles. The John Jay Institute continues to form young minds and souls in the same impressive manner."
The Honorable Sam Brownback
Former U.S. Senator
Governor of the State of Kansas