Teen Age Republicans

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Teen Age Republicans
Chairperson Barby Wells
Founded 1960
Headquarters Manassas, VA 20108
Mother party Republican Party
Website http://www.republicanteens.org

Teen Age Republicans (TARs) is a political youth organization that is an official auxiliary to the United States Republican Party. There are various TAR clubs throughout the United States, at county and state levels. TAR has a presence in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and has membership in the tens of thousands. Clubs are organized on and off campus into middle school, high school, home-schooled, county and city clubs.[citation needed] The oldest recorded Teen Age Republican Federation is in South Dakota. This Federation was formed in 1960.[1]

TAR provides support to the Republican party and its candidates. TAR members work across the United States to perform community service, develop leadership skills, gain first-hand knowledge of practical political process and apply all these to sway elections in the favor of the Republican Party.[citation needed]


TAR is organized in chapters across United States. There are federations in most states, and clubs in counties and high schools. The organization structure consists of:

  • National TAR office – serves only two main functions:
    1. provide information on existing clubs and/or provide resources and advice on starting a club in areas that do not already have one
    2. organise the national Teenage Republican Leadership Conference (TLC) and awards ceremony
  • State and Regional TAR federations – similar to the Republican Party, the majority of TAR activity takes place on the State level:
    • sometimes receive some financial support from their state Party
    • most have an elected executive board with its own constitution
    • organize statewide events (e.g. summer camp, mock legislative sessions)
  • County and Local Clubs – sub-ordinate to state organizations
    • formed at county, city or school level
    • similar structure and activities to state federations, albeit at a more local level

Teenage Republican Leadership Conference[edit]

Every year since the 1970s, National TARs has hosted the TeenAge Republican Leader Conference (aka TLC) for TARs to come and meet members of Congress, learn club and federation development, and to meet other TARs from across the country. During TLC, National TARs also hosts its annual Awards Ceremony where TARs can apply and win awards such as "Outstanding TAR In the Nation", "Outstanding TAR Club in the Nation", as well as many other awards.

TARs state and regional federations[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ South Dakota Teen Age Republicans history: The South Dakota Federation of Teen Age Republicans was founded in 1960, and the first camp was held near Madison in 1961.

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