Several States host a Youth Education Summit every year before sending a select few to Washington

NRA Y.E.S. Students on steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol Fairfax, VA- The newest edition of the NRA Foundation’s Traditions magazine contains a special story about Pennsylvania’s successful Youth Education Summit program. Enjoy this sneak peak, and be sure to read the entire story when your copy of Traditions Magazine arrives:


Pennsylvania's Youth Education Summit
Since its inception, Pennsylvania’s Friends of NRA has consistently generated impressive and successful programs. One of the most noteworthy is its Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a competitive program designed to mold high school youth into educated leaders of their generation. In late April, 19 students from across the Keystone State gathered for this year’s Y.E.S. program, and it proved to be an event they will not soon forget.

After arrival the eager students hit the ground running on a packed five-day itinerary easily mistakable for that of a month long event. They sat with mouths agape on Thursday evening while their dedicated chaperones provided an overview of activities to come.

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Traditions Quarter 1, 2013 on NRAblog

Find out about all the great things Friends of NRA is doing across the country to preserve our shooting heritage

Fairfax, Virginia - The newest issue of Traditions Magazine is now available online. This is your chance to delve into the world of the NRA and discover the most up-to-date Friends of NRA on how the grassroots fundraising organization is preserving our country's shooting heritage.

You can read this quarter's issue by navigating through the pages below (don't forget you can click to zoom) with a simple click of the mouse. Or, if you so choose, just register on Issuu and download a PDF version of the magazine to scroll through the pages.

Becoming a Friends of NRA sponsor, aside from many other benefits, will land you a physical copy of this great quarterly magazine.

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Friends of NRA recalls its past as it moves to the future

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Friends of NRA looks back a decade to the process of choosing their now-iconic patriot logo and growth of their merchandise. An article in the recent issue of Traditions Magazine shows us just how key the five year period of 2002-2006 was for making Friends of NRA the successful program it is today.

With a decade of friends, food and fellowship behind them, the Friends of NRA program had gained a respected name in the outdoor industry. The evolvement of the program rested on its next hurdle, developing a brand that would define the mission and purpose of the instrumental fundraising program.

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Awards $5,000 in college scholarships from funds raised at Friends of NRA events

Half of all money raised at Friends of NRA events goes back to the states they originated from. Who decides what to do with that money? Special State Fund Committees. These groups appropriate grants to organizations all over the state to improve the local shooting sports. The new issue of Traditions Magazine has a great story about the Oregon State Fund Committee helping youth shooters reach for their dreams by awarding college scholarships.

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Traveling from the far corners of the state of Oregon, volunteers and committee members gathered for the annual Oregon Friends of NRA State Fund Committee meeting earlier this year. It was over casual conversation with members of the committee where an idea was generated to make an impact among the youth in Oregon.

It has been the mission of the Friends of NRA program and The NRA Foundation to look to the youth when determining how to allocate funds raised. We all know that the future of the shooting sports rests in the generation that always comes next. This is exactly why programs like 4H, junior ROTC, Youth Outdoor days and Youth Hunter Education Challenge (Y.H.E.C.) are among the most consistently supported by NRA Foundation grants.

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Traditions Quarter 4, 2011 on NRAblog

The newest issue of Traditions Magazine is now available online for you to delve into. In it you will find features on the most up-to-date Friends of NRA news including some more previews of the 2012 Standard Merchandise Package. Read the issue by navigating through the pages above (don't forget you can click to zoom) or effortlessly register on Issuu and download a PDF version of the magazine.

Becoming a Friends of NRA sponsor, aside from many other benefits, will land you a physical copy of this great quarterly magazine.

The NRA Foundation created Traditions to bring readers across the country stories of success from the foundation's fundraising mission. These positive stories show just how money raised at Friends of NRA events impacts our communities to help promote and expand our shooting sports traditions. From the supporters and volunteers of Friends of NRA to the grant recipients, everyone does their part to help our Second Amendment rights.

Want to catch up on a past issue of Traditions? Back issues can be found and viewed at the bottom of the Traditions Magazine page.

North Carolina Y.E.S. participants at the state capitol office

The Quarter 4 issue of Traditions Magazine, hitting households in January, contains a great article by Nicole McMahon on the North Carolina Youth Education Summit, which took place this past September and sees the top finishers go on to the National Youth Education Summit held in Washington D.C. each summer.

North Carolina’s Masterpiece Youth Summit

When it comes to piecing together Friends of NRA events, North Carolina’s field reps and volunteers are the puzzle masters. North Carolina consistently ranks as one of the top fundraising states in the nation, which allows its State Fund Committee to support a large number of grant requests year after year. It comes as no surprise that North Carolina’s field reps and a select number of volunteers can just as easily piece together a successful state Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.).

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The Quarter 3 edition of Traditions Magazine is now out and available to be read online.

Traditions is The NRA Foundation's quarterly publication, designed to inform readers about the successful mission of the foundation to promote and expand our shooting sports traditions. The publication's mission is to bring you — our supporters, volunteers and grant recipients—information about The NRA Foundation and the success of our Friends of NRA fundraising efforts. 

There are a bunch of cool stories in the issue, including a recap from Y.E.S. week, Friends of NRA Milestones and a look at the “Tear Down This Wall” piece for the upcoming 2012 Standard Merchandise Package of items that will appear at next year's Friends of NRA banquets.

Traditions is The NRA Foundation's quarterly publication, designed to inform readers about the successful mission of the foundation to promote and expand our shooting sports traditions. The publication's mission is to bring you — our supporters, volunteers and grant recipients—information about The NRA Foundation and the success of our Friends of NRA fundraising efforts.

If people want to receive a hard copy of Traditions, they should become a Friends of NRA sponsor. Becoming a Sponsor is one of the premiere ways Friends of NRA can show their enduring support for the banquet program while also helping forward the mission of The NRA Foundation and the programs it works to support.

As a national sponsor, not only will you receive the latest Sponsor Series Sculpture, exclusive to Friends of NRA sponsors only, but you will also be entitled to a number of other sponsor-only benefits. Most notably a sponsor hat, and the NRA Foundation's quarterly magazine, Traditions, which keeps you updated on The NRA Foundation and Friends of NRA activities. In addition, you also gain the unique opportunity to purchase past sponsor sculptures. But most importantly, 100 percent of your sponsorship pledge goes to The NRA Foundation.

Traditions Magazine 2010, 4th Quarter on NRAblog Traditions magazine highlights the work of NRA supporters, volunteers, and grant recipients as they head out into the field to promote and expand NRA's efforts in America's shooting sports. Here's an excerpt about Friends of NRA events in Alaska from Field Representative Brad Kruger:

Alaska Extremes

For a long time, Friends of NRA committees in Alaska made excuses. Home to some of the most patriotic people in America, they were never lacking the spirit they each needed to reach their potential, they simply underestimated their presence in the typically small towns in which they reside. That is, until 2005, when the Ketchikan Friends of NRA surprised everyone.

Located in the Gulf of Alaska on the southern tip of the Revillagigedo Island and in the heart of the U.S.’s largest National Forest of Tongass lies Ketchikan, a little city by the sea home to approximately 7,500 people. Often referred to as Alaska’s “first city” or as the nation’s “wettest city,” Ketchikan is more well known in the Friends of NRA realm as the first committee in the state to reach the prestigious High Caliber Club status back in 2005.

Up until then, Alaska Friends of NRA committees knew about the High Caliber Club— a faction of Friends of NRA committees earning over $25,000 at one event— but most considered it unobtainable for their lowly-populated, small merchant-based areas. Basically, Alaska Friends of NRA committees had settled for mediocrity.

But in one fell swoop, the Ketchikan Friends of NRA committee changed the outlook for them all. Word spread fast about Ketchikan’s achievement. The committee had even beat out Alaska’s biggest city of Anchorage. Some were impressed, some were envious, but most were more curious. Ketchikan’s success had other committees asking, “if they could do it, why can’t we?”

Read the entire article here.

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