By Kyle Jillson | June 22 2012 10:55
2011 Youth Education Summit attendee Rebekah Abel

Last week we paged through one of the top finishers in the Youth Education Summit Grand Scholarship andlearn about how they brought NRA programs into their communities. Let's take a look at the other top applicant, Rebekah Abel, who also received a college scholarship of $6,500.

The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship takes place after the seven-day National Y.E.S. in Washington, D.C. Students who are interested can plan and document the introduction of programs like Refuse To Be A Victim, Women On Target and more to their hometowns.

Rebekah, like Amanda, attended the 2011 Y.E.S., where she and her classmates spent a week seeing practically all of the sights in our nation's capital as they learned the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

When Rebekah returned home to Johnstown, Ohio, she was determined to become an active NRA supporter in her home state of Ohio and hopefully get some assistance for her future college studies along the way.

First up, Rebekah applied for, and received, to Ohio Division of Wildlife Step Outside grants to assist her with putting on Women On Target clinics. She was able to reserve space at the Centerburg Conservation Club in Centerburg, Ohio, this past October and quickly had a class 22 eager participants.

"as a result [of the grants] I was able to offer the clinics free of charge to the participants," Rebekah said. "Mother and daughter pairs were encouraged to participate together and at each event many women did bring their daughters."

Everyone who attended received instruction on safe and responsile rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery shooting in addition to a presentation by Rebekah about Y.E.S.

Rebakah was able to hold a second successful Women On Target event a couple months ago in April and was lucky enough to have NRA Board Member Linda Walker come and speak to the group about firearms safety, second amendment rights and citizen responsibility.

"I have already been encouraged by several participants and instructors to organize another clinic this fall and it may develop into a yearly event," Rebekah said.

Another great NRA program Rebekah brought attention to was the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. After contacting several 4-H clubs and working with their busy schedules, Rebekah was able to present Eddie's safety message to youngsters at the American Traditions 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

The last thing Rebekah did was talk about her experience at Y.E.S. to groups all over Ohio. Rebekah attended 4-H sports fundraisers, teen conferences, instructor training classes and of course Friends of NRA banquets. With a PowerPoint presentation she carefully developed, Rebekah attended four Friends of NRA events (with two more planned for this fall) to talk about how great an experience Y.E.S. was and all the opportunities it provided her.

"I had an amazing time during the Y.E.S program and I've also had a great time with my follow-up activities,"Rebekah told the NRA."

As you can see, it's pretty easy to get involved with some of NRA's great programs. You don't need to be competing for a scholarship to do it, but if you're interested, you'll have to attend the National Youth Education Summit first. Learn more about Y.E.S. and the application process at their website.


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