NRA Y.E.S. takes on NRA School Shield program, NSA surveillance and more at Hillsdale College in Washington D.C.

National Rifle Association Youth Education Summit at Hillsdale College in Washington DC

Fairfax, Virginia - Waking up bright and early Wednesday morning, the Youth Education Summit loaded into their bus for their first adventure in Washington D.C. This was the first trip to our nation's capital for many of the students and they gazed at the monuments as the bus drove into the heart of the city.

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NRA Youth Education Summit joined by Top Shot champion Chris Cheng for NRA Headquarters tour

Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Cheng with the NRA Youth Education Summit's top shooters

Fairfax, Virginia - The first full day of the National NRA Youth Education Summit is spent at none other but NRA Headquarters, but that shouldn't surprise you. With a week's worth of events designed to educate attendees on the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen, a top-to-bottom tour of the NRA is covers all bases.

Beginning with presentations by each of the organization's divisions, students learned how the NRA not only protects our Second Amendment rights, but provides almost 200 programs to enjoy and exercise them. Attendees were even treated to special presentations by NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver and NRA President Jim Porter.

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NRA's seven-day competitive scholarship program for high school students kicks off

Who will experience the 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit?

Fairfax, Virginia - The 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit is finally here. This week, forty-seven high school students from around the United States are here in Washington, DC for a seven-day, competitive college scholarship program they won't soon forget.

Throughout the course of the summit, the attendees will 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. After trickling in flight-by-flight yesterday and playing the requisite icebreaker games, the summit's first full day finds everyone at NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Molly Smith of Team Smith & Wesson talks competitive shooting and the 2nd Amendment

Fairfax, Virginia - Molly Smith is one of the shooting industry's brightest rising stars. Although to some, like us, she already is one. Still just in high school, Molly is already a professional shooter with Team Smith & Wesson where she shoots revolver and is the junior captain.

Molly was one of the 46 lucky enough to attend the 2012 NRA National Youth Education Summit, a seven-day educational experience in Washington DC for high school students. Molly and the others spent a week learning about the federal government, the constitution and the benefits of the NRA's programs. She describes it as the best week of her life. How's that for an endorsement?

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National Rifle Association Foundation awards $15,000 in college scholarships

Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - A total of $15,000 in college scholarships will be split among six 2012 NRA Youth Education Summit attendees in recognition of their outstanding performance in the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship project.

The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship begins at the conclusion of each year's NRA Y.E.S., the Washington DC-based seven-day educational experience for high school students covering the constitution, federal government and the NRA’s impact on the Second Amendment through community outreach programs.

Following each year's Y.E.S., the 46 participants are eager to return home and educate their local communities on the positive effects of NRA programs like Eddie Eagle GunSafe, Women On Target and Refuse To Be A Victim. The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship encourages students to create a portfolio documenting their involvement in NRA programs over the next nine months and awards college scholarships to the most inspiring projects.

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NRA Youth Education Summit Grand Scholarship offers thousands in education aid

Youth Education Summit Grand Scholarship entries

Fairfax, Virginia - Each summer's annual NRA Youth Education Summit, the seven-day all expenses educational experience in Washington, DC, for high school students, has plenty of opportunities to compete for college scholarships. After the summit ends, there's an even bigger opportunity available - the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship.

While at Y.E.S., rising high school sophomores and juniors travel the Washington, DC area learning about how our federal government works as well as the importance of the Second Amendment and the benefits the NRA provides through its community outreach programs. The optional Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship, beginning when the weeklong summit ends, gives that year's attendees nine months to introduce NRA safety education and training programs into their communities, documenting the process and results.

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Oregon Y.E.S. sends two students to national summit later this June

Inaugural class of Oregon NRA Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - The inaugural Oregon State NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) concluded this past weekend, setting the stage for the June 24 National NRA Y.E.S. in Washington D.C.

A week long educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors, Y.E.S. is an opportunity for today's youth to receive first hand knowledge of how the federal government really works. Not just anyone can attend Y.E.S., though. For most there is an application process to the expenses paid once in a lifetime trip, but others must compete directly with their peers in state-level summits before winning a ticket to the nation's capital.

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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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Texas high school students learn about their state government and the roles voters play

Texas capitol building in Austin during the 2013 Texas State Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - Prior to the National Youth Education Summit, held each June in Washington, DC, some states have begun holding State Youth Education Summit programs to introduce high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to their state government and learn about their state's unique heritage and history, and obtain a better understanding of volunteer organizations and how young citizens can become involved in serving their communities. Of course, like at National Y.E.S., a special emphasis is also placed on the benefits of firearms ownership.

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