By Kyle Jillson | February 8 2013 11:48

Pennsylvania and Texas state Youth Education Summits coming this spring

Pennsylvania Youth Education Summit participants stand outside the state capitol in Harrisburg

Fairfax, Virginia - Each summer forty-five outstanding high school sophomores and juniors are flown to Washington D.C. for week-long educational opportunity courtesy of the NRA. It's called the Youth Education Summit and has been teaching young men and women about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the federal government since 1996.

At Y.E.S. students have the opportunity to receive college scholarships based on their performance. To date, over $385,000 in scholarships has been awarded!

Most states just require students to apply to Y.E.S. online, but a few have their own summits that must be attended before heading to the nation's capital.

Initiated in 2002, state Youth Education Summits introduce high school freshman, sophomores and juniors to their state government history, the NRA and the shooting sports.

Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas have state Y.E.S. programs and you can learn all about them on the Y.E.S. website.

Two of these state summits are coming up soon and their application deadlines are even sooner.


    2013 will be the Texas Y.E.S. program's inaugural year. With help from 2012 Y.E.S. participant Wyatt Saltarelli, his mom Rachel and a multitude of other volunteers, this is sure to be a great time.

    The Texas summit takes place April 4-6 and applications must be in by February 15 - that's in one week!

    Contact coordinator Robin Dawson at (806) 670-4151 or for more information.


    Well established, the Pennsylvania Y.E.S. program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

    The Pennsylvania summit will be held April 25-29 and require applications by March 14.

    Contact Charlie and Ursula Fox at (570) 297-4642 for more information.

Learn more about all of the state summits on the Y.E.S. website here.

If you don't need to attend a state summit, the deadline to apply for the National Y.E.S. is February 18. Hurry up and get your applications in!


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