In conjunction with the National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) program, the State Youth Education Summit program provides an opportunity for students to develop an awareness and desire to participate in all levels of government, learn about their state’s unique heritage and history, and obtain a better understanding of volunteer organizations and how young citizens become involved in serving their communities.
This program is open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in learning more about their state government and the roles their generation of voters will play.
At each state summit, students spend four days in the state capital visiting with legislative and political leaders and learn about their state’s history by touring museums and historical sites. In addition, students are introduced to various career opportunities relating directly or indirectly to their interest in firearms, such as law enforcement or military service. Careers in wildlife and conservation are also included within this scope. Students also practice their public speaking and debate skills through carefully designed group exercises – similar to what they would experience at the national level.
States that currently host their own state Y.E.S. programs are Alaska, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia. Students from these states must attend their state Y.E.S. before attending the National Y.E.S. program so be sure to check the website for application submission deadlines!