How can I apply to the program?
Print out the above application, fill it out, and send to NRA, Event Support 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.
What are the prerequisites for interested applicants?
-You must be a current sophomore or junior in high school. This means that you will be attending Y.E.S. the summer before your junior or senior year.
-You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
-You must postmark your complete application by the February 1st due date; incomplete applications will not be considered.
-North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia have a state Y.E.S. progam, which applicants must attend before National Y.E.S. Click here
for more information.
What will I get from attending the Y.E.S. program?
-Multiple scholarship opportunities
-Development of such academic skills and virtues as leadership, public speaking, and debating
-Increased awareness and appreciation of American government
-Chance to meet and network with new people from across the country and build friendships
-Visit the NRA headquarters and hear from various department heads
-Introduction into the shooting sports
Is this program right for me?
Most applicants have strong interests in the shooting sports, American history, government, and/or military. As seen from the map below, Y.E.S. students come from all over the United States. Each Y.E.S. class brings in a broad variety of personal backgrounds and experiences.
I’m really interested in the program, but I’ve never been hunting or shooting before. Will that decrease my chances of getting into the program?
Although prior experience in the shooting sports is a common characteristic in many Y.E.S. applicants, it is not required to get into the program. Applicants are judged on GPA, well-roundedness of activities, their Second Amendment essay and Personal Statement, as well as recommendations.
How much does the program cost?
Y.E.S. is expense paid; the costs for meals, hotel, supplies, etc. are covered by The NRA Foundation. Some states and Endowment grants may require their student(s) pay their own travel expenses to and from Y.E.S. Students who need to cover their travel will be notified after they are accepted to Y.E.S. Students are encouraged to bring extra cash for souvenirs, phone cards, emergency money while traveling, etc.
Where does funding for the Y.E.S. program come from?
The NRA Foundation provides all funding for the program through monies raised at Friends of NRA
events. Friends of NRA
is a grassroots, fund-raising program organized by local volunteers. Each state selects volunteers who form State Fund Committees (SFC). These SFCs are responsible for allocating money in the form of grants to fund qualifying shooting sports programs. To learn more about NRA Foundation grants, please click here
After I turn in my application by the February 1st deadline, how long will it be before I am notified of my acceptance?
We will begin sending out notification letters in the mail by late-April 2015.
When is the 2016 Y.E.S. program?
Monday, July 25, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016.
How many applicants are accepted into the program?
40-50 applicants are selected to attend Y.E.S. When the Y.E.S. Selection Committee receives the applications, they are divided based on states or areas (corresponding with State Fund Committee grants). Students are graded and ranked in their areas and the top student(s) are selected to attend Y.E.S. Students who are not selected in their area are put in a national pool for a chance at Endowment grants. Students who come from states that did not fund Y.E.S. are also put in the national pool.
Will there be chaperones?
Yes, there will always be at least six chaperones assisting students at all times during the week. Chaperones include NRA staff and alumni chaperones at least 20 years of age.
Do you have to be a member of the NRA to apply?
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Call 1-800-672-3888 ext 1351 between the hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM on Monday - Friday. You can also send an email to email@example.com