By Kyle Jillson | October 6 2011 10:32

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.).

Just completing its eighth year, North Carolina Y.E.S. organizers still strive to include new elements in their program. A few years ago, the North Carolina organizers decided to award $1,750 total in scholarships to first, second, and third place winners including the expense-paid trip to National Y.E.S. This year, organizers had students participate in a program that’s been sweeping the nation—the Friends of NRA Masterpiece fundraiser.

“The Masterpiece workshop worked really well,” said Doug Merrill, NRA Field Rep for Western North Carolina. “We had all the students and chaperones complete puzzle pieces totaling 24 all together. We incorporated it into a classroom exercise and students needed to complete it as part of the larger evaluation.”

Complete the puzzle they did and students were impressed with the way it looked and how it all came together, even with so many hands contributing to its creation. North Carolina House of Representative George Cleveland was so impressed with the outcome he will be hanging the Masterpiece puzzle in his state capitol office in Raleigh for the next year.

You'll have to wait until Traditions: Quarter 4 comes out this winter to finish reading about what happened at North Carolina Y.E.S.

If you’d like to apply for the next North Carolina Y.E.S. program please contact N.C. Y.E.S. coordinator Myron Cross at (910) 455-4554.

The 2012 National Youth Education Summit will be held Monday, June 25 – Monday, July 2.  The application deadline is February 1, 2012 and all current high school sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply. Visit the National Y.E.S. website for more information. 

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