For more than 50 years, hundreds of young people from across the country have been convening on a mountainside in North Carolina to debate the merits of national and international issues.
The Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is a five-day conference held during the summer that allows delegates who are committed to the Youth in Government program to experience a new level of debate, camaraderie, and a sense of family and statehood.
As many as 35 delegates are selected to represent Minnesota and Wisconsin at this premiere leadership conference. If selected, students are expected to attend 2-3 delegation meetings and a weekend retreat leading up to the group’s departure.
- Research an issue of interest to you, propose a solution and discuss and debate your proposal with 600 YIG participants from other states
- Gain new perspectives on important national and international issues
- Travel to North Carolina and other destinations
July 1 -12, 2022
Minnesota and Wisconsin students in grades 10-12
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly – Black Mountain, NC
$1,650 per student*, including:
- Conference fees
- Conference room and board
- Side trip tours
*Financial assistance available to those who qualify
If you are interested in applying to attend the Youth Conference on National Affairs, please contact Orville Lindquist at email@example.com.