By Kyle Jillson | October 13 2012 09:45

Breaking down Y.E.S. participation throughout the United States

Map of United States showing Youth Education Summit participation by state

Fairfax, Virginia - In 1996 the NRA started its once-in-a-lifetime summer trip for high school students - the Youth Education Summit. Since then the program has graduated over 675 participants from all over the country. And we mean all over.

Take a look at the map above to see the breakdown of which states have produced the most Y.E.S. students. Unfortunately we've yet to see representatives from Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, but hey, there's always next year.

Although students come from different backgrounds and cultures, once they sit down together they discover each and every one of them shares common interests in history, government, and the United States Constitution. Whether a student aspires to be a doctor, lawyer, politician or soldier, Y.E.S. encourages them all to become active and knowledgeable citizens.

The Youth Education Summit is truly an experience of a lifetime, and while students have a fun week seeing the sights of the Washington D.C. area, the program's main mission is to support future leaders of our country in their endeavors to finance college. At the end of the week scholarships are awarded to students who have proven themselves outstanding in their debates, speeches and overall presence during the summit. Over $385,000 in scholarships have been awarded throughout the program's history. That's no small amount.

Think the Youth Education Summit is something you'd want to experience? Visit their website and get started on your application!

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