Conference Specifics

What Do I Do?

The Youth Conference on National Affairs is a five-day conference held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Over 600 students from across the country prepare proposals on important national and international issues and debate them during the conference.

25 delegates are selected to represent Minnesota programs at this premiere leadership conference by an impartial committee of program alumni. If selected, you will be expected to attend 2-3 delegation meetings and a weekend retreat leading up to the group’s departure.

The Minnesota Delegation, with adult chaperones, will travel by motor coach to Black Mountain, North Carolina. After the conference adjourns, the group will spend an extra day in the Black Mountain area, then proceed to Atlanta, GA, for a variety of fun and educational experiences, while exploring the country and expanding their cultural horizons.


  • Focus on national issues and author a proposal
  • Meet YIG participants from around the country
  • Travel to North Carolina and other destinations

Conference Date

June 26 – July 7, 2020


25 students in grades 10 – 12



15 students are selected after the first deadline (January 30, 2020)
10 students are selected after the second deadline (April 13, 2020)


YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly – Black Mountain, NC


$1,625 per student*, including:

  • Transportation
  • Conference fees
  • Conference room and board
  • Hotels
  • Side trip tours

*Limited financial assistance available to those who qualify


Chartered Motor Coach