By Kyle Jillson | January 20 2013 12:14

Get your Youth Education Summit application in ASAP for this great summer trip

Youth Education Summit students hold up their bullseyes after some target practice at the NRA Range

Fairfax, Virginia - You have just less than a month left to get in on the action of this year's NRA Youth Education Summit. If you're a sophomore or junior in high school, YOU could be a part of a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C.

Find the application for this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Youth Education Summit website. The summit takes place June 24 - 30 this summer, but applications must be postmarked by February 18!

At Y.E.S., you'll have multiple scholarship opportunities, develop leadership, public speaking, and debating skills, increase your awareness and appreciation of American government, visit NRA headquarters, get introduced to the shooting sports and so much more - really!

There's never a dull moment during the week-long trip. Whether you're seeing one of the great sights in the Washington D.C. area or meeting people who make our nation great, there's always something happening.

Don't believe us? Take it from some of last year's participants:

“Since attending Y.E.S., I am thoroughly convinced that the NRA is the best hope for upholding our Second Amendment rights. Its two pronged approach of defending our rights on the political front as well as providing the resources to exercise those rights is something that no other organization does better than the NRA.”

– Alex Kaper, Mahomet, IL

“Before participating in the Y.E.S. program, I did not completely know what I wanted to do after high school...where do I want to go to college? What do I want to be when I "grow up?" The NRA Youth Education Summit opened my eyes to the real world of politics and government, and showed me that I CAN make a difference. Also, the people that I was at the summit with will be making a difference WITH me. I would recommend this program in a heartbeat to those who want to do something major with their lives, because this is the program that can kick it all off and get the ball rolling.”

– Kaytlyn Leonard, Liberty, NC

Once you've printed out and completed the application, mail it out to NRA headquarters:

    Event Services Coordinator
    11250 Waples Mill Rd
    Fairfax, VA 22030

The application process is highly competitive consisting of a Second Amendment essay, personal statement, high school transcript and three recommendations.

If you're from Alaska, North Carolina or Pennsylvania, there's a state Y.E.S. program you need to go through before you can apply to the National Y.E.S.Learn about them here.

Although a lot of Y.E.S. applicants have prior experience with the shooting sports, it's not required to be accepted. Your application is judged solely on GPA, well-roundedness of activities, your Second Amendment essay, Personal Statement and recommendations.

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