2013 NRA Y.E.S. participants to be announced at end of the month
Fairfax, Virginia - It's that time of year again. No, not the NFL Draft. Well okay, yes next week's draft. But that isn't the only thing happening at the end of April. The participants of this year's NRA Youth Education Summit (YES) will soon be announced!
The National Y.E.S. is a once in a lifetime seven-day, all expenses paid leadership seminar here in Washington, D.C. Open to any sophomore or junior with at least a 3.00 grade point average, Y.E.S. is an opportunity for today's youth to receive first hand knowledge of how the federal government really works through activities such as:
Guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum
- Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation
- Informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, D.C.
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New Mexico's 2012 NRA Y.E.S. participant reflects on last year's summit
Emily Allen, who attended the 2012 Youth Education Summit on behalf of her home state of New Mexico, recently sent us an essay she'd written on how the weeklong trip to D.C. has influenced her life. Read on to have Emily share the knowledge she gained at Y.E.S.
I will never forget the excitement that ran through me as I opened the packet with trembling hands that told me I had been chosen as the 2012 Youth Education Summit representative for New Mexico. I originally applied for the trip because of my love of history and Y.E.S. sounded like a great way to get to enjoy some history in our nation’s capital. Little did I know that this trip would open my horizons and help me become the person I am today.
Through the Youth Education Summit, I have become the civically active person I have always dreamed of being. The Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program was one of the many excellent programs I learned about while on the trip. I absolutely love this program and I have gained many opportunities to teach and hand it out as a volunteer of the program. Through outdoor and gun shows, along with scouting and church groups, I have had the opportunity to affect over 650 kids in my local area! It is so incredibly rewarding to have little kids run out of the classroom to tell their parents about what Eddie just taught them, knowing that it could save these little guys’ lives.
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Sanity has been sequestered in Washington - says NRA's LaPeirre
Washington, DC - On the morning of March 15, 2013, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPeirre spoke to thousands of students attending the 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The subject of his speech included Universal Background Checks, mental health records and school safety. The following is a transcript of those remarks.
It’s great to be here today, among so many friends, and I appreciate your warm welcome. As you might imagine, I don’t get invited to many parties in this town. That’s okay. I came to Washington when I was about your age, but I didn’t come here to be popular. I came here to stand for what I believe is true.
The political elites may not like it. The liberal media can keep hating on me. But I’m still standing, unapologetic and unflinching in defense of our individual freedom. They can call me crazy and whatever else they want, but NRA’s nearly 5 million members and America’s 100 million gun owners will not back down — not now, not ever.
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High school sophomores and juniors, hurry up and get your applications in for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Fairfax, Virginia - For all you high school sophomores and juniors out there, February 18 is the latest you can postmark your application for this year's NRA Youth Education Summit. This weeklong trip to Washington D.C. from June 24 - 30 is one you don't want to miss and won't soon forget.
Aside from getting to see tons of great sights around our nation's capital, Y.E.S. has multiple scholarship opportunities and will help you develop leadership, public speaking, and debating skills. Increase your awareness and appreciation of American government, get introduced to the shooting sports and so much more!
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Sophomores and juniors! Get your applications in for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Fairfax, Virginia - You have just two weeks to get in on the action of this year's NRA Youth Education Summit. If you're a sophomore or junior in high school, YOU could be a part of a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C.
Find the application for this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Youth Education Summit website. The summit takes place June 24 - 30 this summer, but applications must be postmarked by February 18!
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Capital gains for high school students in week-long NRA Youth Education Summit
My fourth best moment of last year has to be this past summer's NRA Youth Education Summit. Held annually, Y.E.S. is an all-expenses paid week-long trip to Washington D.C. for a few dozen lucky high school students.
At the summit, students begin traveling around the nation's capital as strangers and end it as good friends. I got to know a lot of the kids during the week and it was awesome hearing all of the stories about their different levels of involvement in the shooting sports, how they heard about the summit and, of course, why they decided to come.
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Learn all about the NRA's week-long educational experience for high school students in Washington D.C.
Fairfax, Virginia - The cover story for this month's NRA InSights is a great recap of the Youth Education Summit, NRA's week-long trip to Washington D.C. for high school sophomores and juniors.
At the summit, students find themselves traveling all over the Washington D.C. area with people who will eventually become good friends. Together they visit locations like The Capitol, Marine Corps Base Quantico, the National Archives and many memorials, monuments and other great places.
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Breaking down Y.E.S. participation throughout the United States
Fairfax, Virginia - In 1996 the NRA started its once-in-a-lifetime summer trip for high school students - the Youth Education Summit. Since then the program has graduated over 675 participants from all over the country. And we mean all over.
Take a look at the map above to see the breakdown of which states have produced the most Y.E.S. students. Unfortunately we've yet to see representatives from Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, but hey, there's always next year.
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Kaytlyn Leonard, the 2012 National Y.E.S. attendee from North Carolina and recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship, joined her fellow students in writing thank you letters to their NRA Field Representatives. Here is Kaytlyn's letter to Western North Carolina's Doug Merrill detailing her time in Washington, D.C.
Last September, I was sitting in the lounge at my school in between classes, talking with a few friends. It started off as a normal day, but quickly changed. At about 9am I arrived at my calculus class and noticed that class was cancelled. So, off to the lounge I went to spend my time until the next class started. Since I was not in a class, I turned my phone on...you never know just who may call you! Thankfully, the ringer was up and when my phone rang I promptly answered. "Hello?" I said uneasily to the number I did not recognize. All of a sudden a voice comes over the phone asking me where I was... "Well, school," I replied hesitantly. To my disbelief, I was suppose to be in Raleigh at the North Carolina NRA Youth Education Summit. Hurriedly, I rushed home, packed my clothes for the weekend and headed to YES, not knowing that the weekend would end up causing a string of events that would change my life.
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