By Kyle Jillson | August 17 2012 07:32

NRA Y.E.S. participant explains her week in Washington, DC

Brooke Lane, a 2012 Youth Education Summit participant from Colorado, wrote an article about her experience for Friends of NRA. Read on to learn about all the great stuff Y.E.S. did.

2012 Youth Education Summit participant Brooke Lane

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to participate in the National Rifle Association's 2012 Youth Education Summit (YES.) The YES program takes between forty-five and fifty outstanding sophomores and juniors to our nation’s capitol each year. The program is all expense paid thanks to local Friends of NRA funding.

The purpose of the trip is to encourage young adults to become active and knowledgeable American citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.

While in Washington, D.C., my fellow YES participants and I were lucky enough to take experience several once in a lifetime opportunities. I will give a brief description of each day:

Monday: On Monday we all arrived in Washington D.C. Upon arrival we played ice breaker games and got to know each other. We received and orientation speech from our lovely chaperones and met in our debate groups. After a long day of traveling and with a long week ahead of us, we went to bed early.

Tuesday: Tuesday brought an early morning. After we ate breakfast, we headed to the NRA headquarters. We heard from several speakers describing the many parts of the NRA and their supported programs. We also were blessed with the opportunity to hear from the Executive Vice President of the NRA himself, Mr. Wayne LaPierre. We participated in a mock Friends of NRA banquet for lunch. After lunch we were briefed on the rules of the NRA Range and took our safety tests. We then headed to the range. We got the opportunity to shoot a 9mm MP5, .45 M3, Ruger Bearcat, Colt revolver and a Glock 19. We ended the day at an NRA employee’s house. She graciously allowed forty-five crazy teenagers in her house, prepared us a wonderful meal, and provided many activities such as volleyball, ladder ball, and soccer.

Wednesday: Wednesday was another early morning. We started at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center where we gave debates on if schools and universities should be gun-free zones, if standardized testing helps students succeed, if hate crimes should carry higher punishments, and if Obama should be reelected. After debates we stopped by the White House from a brief time and then headed to the National Archives to see the documents our great nation was founded on. We ended the day at the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Memorial.

Read the rest of Brooke's story on the Friends of NRA website.

Interested in being a part of a future Youth Education Summit or know someone who would? The 2013 Y.E.S. will take place June 24 - 30 and applications are now available online. Fill yours out today.

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