By Kyle Jillson | February 2 2013 10:40

Sophomores and juniors! Get your applications in for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Apply for NRA's Youth Education Summit today!

Fairfax, Virginia - You have just two weeks 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:

“My favorite part of Y.E.S. was getting to meet and interact with kids from all across the country. It is only in opportunities such as the Y.E.S. program that you get to spend a week with one kid from almost every state. Being that each of us are from different states we were able to compare and contrast our lives and culture and as a group were able to learn a lot about each part of the country. For me learning about everyone's background and bonding over our similarities was a unique experience and it is what I enjoyed the most.”

– Aiden Koplovsky, Duxbury, MA

“If you could spend a week next summer exploring American government, the Constitution, and our national heritage, would you? What if you could: lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, operate a Humvee convoy simulator at Quantico Marine Base, participate in a "live" news broadcast at the Newseum, watch history being made at the Supreme Court, view the original Bill of Rights in the hushed rotunda of the National Archives, partake in some friendly competition with a game of laser tag, pay tribute to fallen heroes at the Vietnam, Korean, and World War II Memorials, participate in academic debates and speeches for scholarships, and meet 44 new best friends? I think I know your answer to that question--Y.E.S.!”

– Nora Faris, Concordia, MO

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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