Y.E.S. student hits the books after returning home to write about her experiences in D.C.
Fairfax, Virginia - Smithton, Pennsylvania's Victoria Hrach was one of two students representing the Keystone State at this past summer's NRA Youth Education Summit. After returning home from her unforgettable seven day trip to Washington D.C., the high school student found a keyboard and wrote about her experience. Below Hrach recalls her initial interaction with Y.E.S. and the summit's first full day - at NRA Headquarters no less.
On January 15, 2013, I first heard about the National Rifle Association’s Youth Education Summit program, in an NRA member email sent out to me. Y.E.S. offered scholarships, debates, and tours in Washington, DC – so I decided to look further into the application process.
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Y.E.S. participants nominate one another for special awards at summit's end
Fairfax, Virginia - At the end of each year's Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), after the students have gotten to know one another over a week of exploring sites around the Washington, D.C. area while learning about our federal government and the importance of our rights, everyone gets a chance to nominate their friends for special superlative awards. Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawless, the man who put this year's Y.E.S. together, wrote a great article detailing the superlatives and who won this year's awards.
The students of this year’s Y.E.S. grew incredibly close over the course of just one week. While other summer programs geared towards high school students are prone to form cliques, these 44 participants from 38 different states stood out as an exception to teenage stereotypes and consistently looked out for one another, making sure each person was fully included in each of the program’s activities and treated with respect. Since Y.E.S. serves as one of NRA’s investment in the leaders of America’s upcoming generation, seeing these qualities in so many youths that started the summit as strangers serves as a strong reassurance that our country will be in good hands when it is their turn to lead the nation.
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Students meet NRA staff, tour National Firearms Museum, and shoot on NRA Range
Fairfax, Virginia - Before heading into a week of Washington, D.C.'s monuments, museum's and other attractions, the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) always spends its first day at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
Headquarters is a pretty big building, filled with a lot of programs that help people safely exercise their Second Amendment freedoms. After being introduced to just a few of the great services the NRA provides, the students got to meet NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kyle Weaver, who spoke about starting at the very bottom of the totem pole when he began his career at NRA, working hard to take charge of all NRA programs. During his time as Managing Director of NRA Field Operations, Weaver oversaw a number of Y.E.S. groups go through the weeklong educational experience and had some words about making the most of their time in the nation's capital.
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NRA selects top projects from 2013 Youth Education Summit attendees
Fairfax, Virginia - After each year's NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), the seven day educational experience in Washington, D.C. for high schoolers, students have an amazing opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in financial aid through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship. This year's competition featured $15,000 up for grabs in college scholarships.
Over the next nine months, participants create a portfolio detailing their efforts to introduce NRA's great programs like Eddie Eagle GunSafe®, Women On Target®, and Refuse To Be A Victim® into their communities and the positive effects that resulted.
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Forty-five high school students selected for once-in-a-lifetime trip to nation's capital
Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the students selected to attend its 2014 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day, expense-paid educational experience in Washington, DC, held June 23-29.
Y.E.S. takes students to tour memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen. Scheduled stops include the Capitol Building, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, the National Archives, the Newseum, and a safe introduction to the shooting sports at NRA Headquarters.
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Get your application in for an expenses-paid weeklong trip to our nation's capital as a part of the NRA Youth Education Summit
Fairfax, Virginia - Only four days remain to get applications postmarked for this year's NRA Youth Education Summit. If you're a sophomore or junior in high school, YOU could be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime weeklong trip to Washington, D.C.
Find the application for this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Youth Education Summit website right here. The summit, taking place June 23 - 29, is an expenses-paid trip to our nation's capital for students interested in learning more about our federal government!
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Weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., influences Y.E.S. attendee's future education
Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon recently caught up with 2010 Youth Education Summit alumnus Joe Bliss, who is now interning with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:
Since attending the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in 2010 Joe Bliss has had one thing on his mind: politics. Now a junior at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., Joe is double majoring in political science and criminal justice. After he obtains his degrees he plans to go to graduate school and break into state politics.
However, Joe isn't waiting until grad school to take action, he is setting the stage now to be a successful lawmaker as an intern with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). Why did Joe come to Washington, DC to work for the NRA if he wants to be a South Dakotan politician?
"I am the state director for South Dakota's Students for Concealed Carry," said Joe. "I am advocating for a campus concealed carry bill and want to have our district representative sponsor the bill in 2015."
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Apply for the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the NRA
Fairfax, Virginia - The February 1, 2014, deadline to apply for this year's National Youth Education Summit is almost here. If you're a junior or sophomore in high school, this is your chance to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C.
The all expenses paid trip takes place June 23 - 29 and offers multiple scholarship opportunities. Throughout the week, students will learn about the American government through visits to NRA headquarters and a dozen other sights around our nation's capital. Students will also have the chance to develop their leadership skills, public speaking, and debating skills through fun activities. Most importantly, they'll get a safe introduction to the shooting sports at the NRA Headquarters Range! There's never a dull moment during the week-long trip.
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