Founded in 2005, the John Jay Institute is named for John Jay, an early American leader marked by a profound wealth of character. He knew theology, politics, culture, and people—and shaped his young country through abolition activism, cultural and artistic support, elected office, legal rulings, and executive leadership. But he didn’t do it all alone. Together with a network of like-minded contemporaries, he built a collection of colonies into a nation.

Our hope is for our alumni to emulate Jay. After a decade of training leaders, we have produced over 600 alumni and counting. Each of them has studied the best and most influential ideas of Western civilization, built strong friendships among the rising leadership of America, been grounded in the historic Christian faith, and committed him or herself to a life in the service of others. The story continues with each new class of young fellows seeking to make a positive difference in the world.